Post-mortem on Jumbo’s head reveals death by shooting (Sri Lanka)
Varuna Dayaratne, Daily News
November 17, 2023
The Wildlife Conservation officers have determined that the wild elephant
where only its head was retrieved on November 13 stuck in Kirindi Oya,
Thellulla in Wellawaya, by the villagers had been shot dead.
Southern Province Assistant Wildlife Conservator Upul Indrajith said that
the final determination on the cause of the wild elephant’s death was
announced by Wildlife Conservation Department Veterinary Surgeon Dr. Ananda
Dharmakeerthi after conducting a comprehensive post-mortem examination on
the elephant’s head.
Indrajith said two pellets had been retrieved from the elephant’s head
during the post-mortem by Dr. Dharmakeerthi which led to the conclusion
that the wild elephant had been shot dead. Initial investigations carried
out revealed that the elephant had been shot dead, cut into pieces and
dumped in the Kirindi Oya as a result of a human-elephant conflict.
The Wildlife officers said that rest of the body parts of the wild elephant
are yet to be found. In the meantime, steps have been taken by the Cultural
and Environmental Studies Centre (CES) to offer cash rewards to anybody who
would provide information on the killing of the wild elephant.
Accordingly, the public has been requested by the Cultural and
Environmental Studies Centre to contact the Wildlife Department’s hotline
1992 or CES on 0719005549 to provide any information related to the killing
of this wild elephant.