Tuesday, 29 July 2014 - 8:04
Update : Post mortem of elephant calf died at "udawalawa athaturu sevana" commences
Two senior veterinarians of Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Hambantota Veterinary Unit R.P. Rajapakse and P.P. Wickramasinghe are conducting the post mortem of the elephant calf which died at Udawalawa Ath Athuru Sevana.
The Wildlife Department stated the cause to the death of the elephant calf could be divulged only after the post mortem report is submitted to the court.
The Wildlife officials found the elephant calf while it was illegally held in a thicket at Gannoruwa in Kandy on the 8th of May.
Later the owner of the elephant calf was identified as Waruna Kannangara of Horana.
Kannangara told our news team on that day he kept the calf temporarily at one of his friend’s land after it was treated for an ailment by the veterinarians of Peradeniya University.
Later the court remanded the elephant’s owner and handed over the calf to Udawalawa elephant orphanage.
The elephant calf died yesterday while it was under the care of Udawalawa Ath Athuru Sevana.
Update : Tuesday, 29 July 2014 - 13:29
Elephant calf from Gannoruwa under the custody of wild life department dies.
The post mortem on the elephant calf that died day before yesterday, while it had been kept in accordance with a court order, under the care of the Udawalawey Elephant Interim Resort after it was recovered from a hideout where it had been illegally detained in Gannoruwa in Peradeniya is scheduled to be held today.
That was at the Udawalawey Elephant Interim Resort.
Wildlife Director General H. D. Ratnayake said that this elephant calf had been kept in Gannoruwa by submitting an invalid permit.
The Wildlife Director General said further that according to that permit data about the weight tallying with the elephant calf’s height had not been mentioned.
After a report submitted to court about this, instruction was given for the post mortem to be held through a Veterinary Committee.
The Director General said further that similarly the court also ordered that the carcass of the elephant calf be buried in the Udawalawey Wildlife park.