† unknown is a dead confiscated Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2009-08-20 at Uda Walawe Elephant Transit Home, in Sri Lanka, . Official death reason described as anorexia.
unknown was born wild 2009.
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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