By Archiver
Fri, 10/19/2018 - 06:42

 

COLOMBO: 

A passenger train hit and killed three young elephants in eastern Sri Lanka, officials said Sunday, weeks after two calves and their pregnant mother were fatally struck in the same region.

The Colombo-bound train with 600 passengers hit the herd near the village of Welikanda, 260 kilometres (162 miles) east of the capital on Saturday night, railway officials said.

"Four compartments derailed, but fortunately there were no casualties among the passengers," a railway official said adding that the track was extensively damaged.

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By Archiver
Fri, 10/19/2018 - 05:39

Six elephants have died after eating PLASTIC that had been dumped at a landfill site in Sri Lanka.

Rubbish from nearby areas is taken to the dump in Deegawapi but has since attracted numerous wild animals - including birds, dogs and even now the elephants.

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By Naturenomics Team
Wed, 02/22/2017 - 05:18

Baby elephants have become the must-have status symbol for Sri Lanka's wealthy. The government has introduced new laws to protect them. But conservationists believe more action is needed to end mistreatment.

Diplomatic gifts between countries can, like most presents, either be a fitting gesture or cause unintended controversy. The donation in 2015 of two baby elephants from the country's Pinnawala orphanage by the Sri Lankan prime minister to his New Zealand counterpart very much falls into the latter category.

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By Naturenomics Team
Fri, 10/14/2016 - 04:31
Four baby elephants were killed when they were hit by a passenger train in northern Sri Lanka on Wednesday, Police said. The accident is termed as one of Sri Lanka's worst involving wild animals. The baby elephants were walking towards a newly constructed railway line in Chettikulum, in the Vavuniya district when they were hit by the Colombo bound Thaleimannar Express train. No passengers were injured in the accident. 
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By Naturenomics Team
Fri, 10/14/2016 - 04:23
Expensive and high-maintenance, baby elephants have become the ultimate status symbol for Sri Lanka's wealthy elite - a trend that has horrified conservationists and prompted a government crackdown. Elephants are venerated in mainly Buddhist Sri Lanka and capturing them is illegal. Yet authorities say more than 40 have been stolen from national parks over the last decade and are being kept as pets.
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