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Wednesday, 13 August 2014 - 20:22
Detention order on suspects who transported a wild elephant calf.
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The Matale Magistrate issued a 24-hour detention order for police to question the two suspects - in connection with illegally transporting a wild elephant calf from Kandy to Matale.

The suspects were arrested yesterday at Balagolla area in Matale while they were transporting the elephant calf in a container.

A senior officer attached to the Matale police told our news team the suspects did not divulge any detail of the person who assigned them on the job yet.

He said therefore police sought court order to detain the suspects and question them further to gather information.

At the moment, the sick animal is under the care of officers attached to the Wildlife Department Office at Giritale.

Veterinarian in charge of Polonnaruwa and Trincomalee Division - Pramuditha Deva Surendra told our news team - the elephant calf is suffering from diarrhoea.

No tamed cow-elephant has given birth to a calf after the year 1986.

Director of Environment Trust Sajeeva Chamikara said therefore this particular elephant calf is proved to be captured from the wilds.


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