Myan Kumara at Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya temple

Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) Myan Kumara at Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya temple

Bellanwila Wimalaratana, chief Buddhist monk of the Bellanwila temple blesses the temple's elephant at during a ceremony as part of the Sinhala, Hindu and Tamil new year celebrations in April 2016.
Myan Kumara
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Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂
Management:Free contact
People killed:1: senior Buddhist monk Bellanwila Wimalarathana Thero, 77, February 2018
Location:Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya temple
ArrivedBellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya temple 2013-00-00
from Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE)
Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE)
from Myanmar unspecified location
Born: unknown Myanmar
Imported:2013
Document updated2018-05-16: new record, mankiller
2018: The Buddhist monk Wimalarathana Thera approached the elephant one day when the mahout was on leave, beleiving they were "sharing a special bond". The elephant, in the absense of the mahout attacked the man, who suffered multiple injuries, with severe blunt trauma to chest with lung leceration and a significant flail segment (free moving chest wall segment due to dual fracture in five consecutive ribs) and badly fractured right upper limb bone. A decision was taken to operate, repair the lung injuries and fix the most required unstable fractured ribs. Unfortunately, the priest succumbed to a myocardial infarction (heart attack) two hours after operation, and died.

Sources, among others

  • https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-elephant-kills-senior-buddhist-monk
  • http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2018/02/11/features/ven-bellanwila-wimalarathana-thera-nature-lover

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