unknown at Uda Walawe Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

† unknown
ID Number:
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age: < 1 years
Status:confiscated
Dead date: 2009-08-20
Death reason: : anorexia
Location:Uda Walawe Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
ArrivedUda Walawe Elephant Transit Home (ETH) 2009-08-08
from Sumedha Basnayake
Sumedha Basnayake 2009-07-00
from
Born:2009 wild Sri Lanka
Document updated2009-08-19: transfer
2009-08-23: death
The animal was imprisoned inside a room of a large house within the 22-acre Bangewatte estate owned by Deputy Chairman Sumedha Basnayake, said Upali Padmasiri, assistant director and officer in charge of the wildlife department’s crime squad. Padmasiri said Basnayake was abroad at the time the detection was made, adding that the main suspect was his father-in-law Richard Gonakumbura.

The three men in custody on interrogation have admitted that they caught the baby elephant from the jungle in Uda Walawe. The baby elephant was given goats milk and Lakspray when it was first brought to Balangoda.

When the baby elephant was brought to Uda Walawe it was in a weak condition but showed improvement after veterinary surgeons treated it. “However the baby elephant suddenly died on August 20. The post mortem was carried out on August 21.

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