Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

Ele­phant ‘Kalana’ was taken to Ridiyagama Sa­fari Park

- BY KR­IS­HAN JEEVAKA JAYARUK Animals · Sea Life · Medical Treatments · Wildlife · Devale

Of­fice in charge of Ma­rine Life Unit of Mirissa, Wild Life and Con­ser­va­tion Depart­ment, A.T.R. Ravin­dra said that the ele­phant ‘ Kalana’ be­long­ing to his­toric Dev­in­uwara Sri Upul­wan De­valaya had been taken for res­i­den­tial med­i­cal treat­ment to Ridiyagama sa­fari park last night.

This ele­phant had been handed over to Sa­fari park which be­longs to the Wild Life Depart­ment by a group of peo­ple in­clud­ing the Sec­re­tary of Bas­nayake Nil­ame of the De­vale, S. Co­lam­bage and the Ma­hout af­ter tak­ing it safely in an ele­phant trans­port­ing ve­hi­cle.

Al­though an at­tempt had been made to con­ceal this ac­tiv­ity to the me­dia, the me­dia men were able to re­port the in­ci­dent at the sa­fari park.

This ele­phant, who had been sub­jected to un­told suf­fer­ing, was washed and med­i­cally treated by a group of vet­eri­nary sur­geons in­clud­ing the Chief Vet­eri­nary Sur­geon of sa­fari park, Nan­dana Per­era. It was given fruits and other food by them. Later, three cow ele­phants came and added their love and care en­abling the on­look­ers to gain an emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ence.

Ar­range­ments had been made to in­spect and check the health con­di­tion of the an­i­mal af­ter three hours and a sep­a­rate staff had been as­signed to pro­vide the fa­cil­i­ties to the an­i­mal. It will be able to loaf freely in the park within two weeks time like other an­i­mals fol­low­ing the treat­ment.

Af­ter the in­for­ma­tion pub­lished in the me­dia, a team of wild life of­fi­cers in­clud­ing Deputy Min­is­ter of Wild Life and Con­ser­va­tion Palitha The­warap­pe­ruma had lodged a com­plaint to Gan­dara po­lice against the Bas­nayake Nil­ame about this in­ci­dent.

The sec­re­tary of the Bas­nayake Nil­ame and the ma­hout who had been pro­duced be­fore the court were re­leased on surety bond.

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