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Thirappane, Dec.6 (Daily Mirror) - Residents of Thirappane claim that the wild elephant, popularly known as Agbo, has started roaming around their villages due to its habituation and this has become a serious risk to the elephant.

The elephant that sustained gunshot injuries recovered after being treated by the Wildlife Department's veterinarians.

After recovering from its injuries, the elephant again started to enter the villages, damaging the villagers' crops.

The villagers took informed Minister Duminda Dissanayake, and he visited the villages on Monday (4) to look into the matter.

People claimed that the elephant had been cared for by Wildlife Department officials for nearly four months and had started its usual lifestyle after recovering.

According to the veterinarians' recommendations, the elephant Agbo was given 250 to 300 kgs of vegetables, fruits and grass per day during the treatment period. Now the elephant is eating the same amount of the crops in the Thirappane area.

The villagers say that the elephant roams around many villages, has broken down several houses in search of food.

"Agbo, who was unable to walk, is now walking around 10 kilometres a night searching for food in the villages, and many houses and crops have been damaged due to this," the people said.

Due to it entering the daily villages daily, Wildlife officials have to use 200 to 300 explosives to drive away the elephants daily and the lives of the Wildlife officials are also at risk, the villagers said.

Therefore, the villagers request the relevant authorities to take the elephant away from the area to protect their crops and before any human life is harmed.


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  • Man Wednesday, 06 December 2023 09:58 AM

    Please take this tusker to Pinnawela like that blind Anamaduwa tusker, unless tamed to avoid its danger to its life. It's that all practical, left to be done, now due to the damage caused by politicians by deforesting. Pot madam won't a decision as such due to her anomalies.

    Waco Wednesday, 06 December 2023 10:06 AM

    What has the minister done? These idiots think when they visit problem gets automatically resolved. This Government is an utter failure. Have they find Permanant solutions to any of the problems. Thanks to the lending Countries. That money is being used to pay the ministers and Ranil’s pleasure trips. Sri Lanka had been ruined .

    N.M. Perera Wednesday, 06 December 2023 10:12 AM

    Translocate to Yala..... added tourist attraction and more space and food. Will never return.

    Mm Wednesday, 06 December 2023 11:20 AM

    Re locate all the villages from these areas

    N.M. Perera Wednesday, 06 December 2023 12:01 PM

    Agree with NM. The Politicians are responsible fully for the HEC. The regions of Galgamuwa and Thmabuttegama are being deforested at an alarming rate. Sad indeed.

    Felix de Mel Wednesday, 06 December 2023 03:45 PM

    The only way to prevent this is to trans locate AGBO to a Nature Reserve like Wilpathu or Yala at the same time these nature reserves must have boundaries with Elephant Trenches(Ditches) with one side (Human settlement area) a vertical wall of twice the height of an average Asian Elephant 13' x 2 26' plus another 12' chain-link fence and the other side with a slope towards the forest, with the center having a 15' horizontal gap. This will block the elephants or any other wild animal moving into Human settlement areas!

    Rathnapala Wednesday, 06 December 2023 09:29 PM

    Why not take Agbo to Pinnawala or to be with other elephants in a nature reserve.


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