Piyadasa

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Piyadasa
Profession zoo mahout
Personal details
Born ?
Country Sri Lanka

Work locations
Title mahout 1984-1996
Location at Sri Lanka National Zoological Gardens (Dehiwela Zoo) in Sri Lanka

Biography details

Piyadasa , zoo mahout in Sri Lanka

Born ? dead 1996-06-14 .

1996-06-14: The elephant bull Raja killed the Mahout Piyadasa; "Reports of the incident said that Raja and the other zoo elephants were being lined up to go to the arena when the incident happened. As usual the mahouts were giving certain commands to exercise the animals before the performance. When Raja disobeyed an "up" command by Piyadasa , the Mahout persisted. Raja lunged towards the man and struck him with his "Milk teeth" (two eight inch Teeth under his trunk). The blow sent Piyadasa reeling against a wall and Raja lunged again, his Trunk raised. The Mahout died on the way to hospital."


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References

Koehl, Dan, (2021). mahout Piyadasa in Sri Lanka. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 25 May 2022 at https://www.elephant.se/person.php?id=670. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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Categories mahout | zoo | Sri Lanka National Zoological Gardens (Dehiwela Zoo) | family | Born ? | Dead 1996 | People from Sri Lanka

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