Sunday, 19th September 2021

Investigation into deaths of 4elephants in Thumbikulama Reserve forest reserve

Colombo, Sep 28 (BAN/ AD): On Sep 27 4 female elephants were found dead near a forest reserve in north central Sri Lanka and now police have launched investigation suspecting that the villagers have poisoned the wild elephants.

The four dead elephants were all females and have died at four locations in an area near the Thumbikulama Reserve and the adjacent Habarana Hiriwadunna Lake Reserve, near Sigiriya. Dead elephants are aged between the ages of 25 and 45 and one of the elephants was pregnant and ready to give birth. Thumbikulama Reserve will be conducting necropsies of the dead animals.

There is an elephant corridor over the area where the wild elephants died. As per sources the police have called wildlife experts and vets to carry out autopsies.

An police officer said “We suspect the elephants may have been poisoned. We are investigating.”

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