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Friday, 14 March 2014 - 19:38
Another elephant calf to Korea instead of "Dinuda" - Court order for Arawwala elephant calf
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The Ministry of Botanical Gardens and Public Recreation has taken measures to send a different elephant calf to South Korea instead of ‘Dinuda’.

Ministry Secretary Willie Gamage said that the decision to exchange animals was taken owing to an agreement made with South Korea’s Ever-land Zoological park.

He further said that 2 tigers, and 2 lions have been gifted to Sri Lanka by South Korea.

Dinuda the elephant calf was to be exchanged with the South Korean zoo by the Ministry of Botanical Gardens and Public Recreation.

However, after being informed regarding the matter President Mahinda Rajapaksa issued an order to suspend the exchange of Dinuda, as it was born on the victory day which falls on May 18, 2009.

A Korean institution had requested Kirama Vimalahothi Thera for an elephant calf three years ago and the institution agreed to set up a technical training institute in return.

Although the thera had informed the respective minister about the Korean request, the matter had been buried due to the recent change of subject ministers.

However Ministry Secretary Willie Gamage said that a different elephant calf will be sent to Korea in the coming days.

Meanwhile the Kesbewa Magistrate ordered the Wildlife Department veterinarians to keep the elephant calf under their supervision and treat it at the current location.

The Magistrate also ordered to stop the administration of present indigenous medication to the calf and not to shift the animal to another location without obtaining Court permission.

A group of wildlife officers raided a house at Arawwala in Maharagama yesterday and found an elephant calf with injuries.  
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