Was elephant electrocuted or shot? | Daily News

Was elephant electrocuted or shot?

The elephant carcass was found a few feet from the Tangalle - Wellawaya Road
The elephant carcass was found a few feet from the Tangalle - Wellawaya Road

The carcass of a male elephant was discovered by the side of the Tangalle Wellawaya main road close to the Magam Ruhunupura International Convention Centre in Hambantota on Sunday morning.

According to villagers the animal which was said to be around 35 years of age had been known to roam the area regularly. When the carcass was discovered an injury similarly to a gunshot was visible on its forehead and a trail of blood was also seen. The animal had brought down two electricity posts when it collapsed.

On being asked by journalists whether the injury was possibly due to a gunshot the two wildlife rangers who were present at the spot had tried to cover-up by threatening journalists and insisting that the elephant had died after being electrocuted. If held, a postmortem would reveal if the elephant had been shot before being electrocuted. 


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