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Pellets found in elephant’s head recovered from Kirindi Oya

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By Sumanasiri Gunatilleka

Judging from the pellets found in the head of the elephant recovered from Kirindi Oya at Thelulla colony in Kudaoya, wildlife conservators have decided that the jumbo had been shot dead.

Assistant Wildlife Conservator, Southern Province, Upul Indrajith, said two pellets had been recovered by the Veterinary Surgeon of the Wildlife Conservation Department, Dr. Ananda Dharmakirthi, who performed the postmortem examination. 

Preliminary investigations have revealed that the jumbo had been shot dead, cut into pieces, and dumped in the river. Wildlife officers said the other parts of the carcass were yet to be recovered.

Meanwhile, the Cultural and Environmental Studies Center (CES), which offered a cash prize to anyone who provides information on the killing of the wild elephant, requested that the public call the Wildlife Department’s hotline (1992) or 0719005549 of the CES to provide information, if any.


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  • Gamaya Thursday, 16 November 2023 02:28 PM

    Inhuman people, let those creatures live. Why go to such absurd lengths to cut the dead body into pieces? For sure it was done by some man/woman, maybe to please some kattadiya who promised wealth and power if they did this. Not long ago there were stories of people killed elephants to gain power.

    ‘The Lansi Burgher Gent’ Friday, 17 November 2023 07:16 AM

    Sadism, especially towards innocent animals such as dogs and elephants, is rife and widespread among these scum, who perpetrate such heinous crimes with scant regard for the law and its consequences. Such a barbaric society we have here. I am yet to see the clergy come out hard and strong, condemning the abuse, torture, maiming and killing of our elephants and dogs. Sad place.

    Man Friday, 17 November 2023 12:03 PM

    No person of the group appeared though hell-bent against elephants in processions. Their Bonafide, exposed.

    Umar Perera Friday, 17 November 2023 08:48 AM

    Are the other two elephants who were supposedly "drowned" also going to be checked for injuries?


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