Tragic moment, elephant calf tries to wake up his dead mother after Sri Lankan villagers have poisoned seven of the animals for entering their farmland
- Confused elephant calf desperately tried to wake up his dead mother in Sri Lanka
- Since Friday, seven elephants aged 10-15 have been found dead near Sigiriya
- Authorities suspect that angry farmers have poisoned the animals for destroying crops
- Sri Lankan elephant population has fallen nearly 65% since the beginning of the 19th century
An elephant calf desperately tried to wake his dead mother after his carcass was found in a forest.
Authorities suspect villagers have poisoned no fewer than seven elephants and robbed their farms.
Four of the elephant bodies were found on September 28 in a forest near Sigiriya, a fifth-century rock fort and a UNESCO-protected heritage site in central Sri Lanka.
Three more were discovered later, the police said.
A destroyed elephant calf desperately tried to wake his dead mother after his carcass was found in a forest
Authorities suspect villagers have poisoned no fewer than seven elephants and robbed their farms
A tragic photo shows a young elephant calf pushing his dead mother with his trunk in an attempt to wake her up.
Police spokesman, Ruwan Gunasekera, said: & # 39; Since Friday we have found the remains of seven cow elephants, including a tusk. & # 39;
A pregnant woman and a man were among the four found carcasses. Autopsies are performed by nature officials and veterinarians to determine if the animals are poisoned.
According to police, a wave of incidents in which wild elephants stormed villages and destroyed crops in the area could have caused the murder.
It is estimated that around 200 elephants are killed in the country every year. Many of them fall prey to the wrath of farmers whose farms are being raided by the hungry herds of elephants.
According to police, a wave of incidents in which wild elephants storm villages and destroy crops in the area may have caused the killing
Looting elephants kill about 50 people a year, usually when the creatures wander villages near their habitat.
Experts regard the loss of seven elephants this week as a serious blow to the country's elephant population. All seven animals found dead were said to be 10 to 15 years old.
According to the World Wildlife Foundation, the Sri Lankan elephant population has fallen by nearly 65% since the beginning of the 19th century.
Nowadays the Sri Lanka elephant is protected under Sri Lankan law and killing an elephant carries the death penalty in theory.
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