‘Hurdling’ jumbo captured following five day operation (Sri Lanka)


Ceylon Daily News

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Wildlife officials yesterday succeeded in capturing the wild elephant which stormed into Morantenna, Nildandahinna by jumping over the electric fence around the Victoria and Randenigala forest reserve, following an operation spanning nearly five days.

The wild elephant had killed more than six villages and caused extensive damage to their harvest during the past several months.

People living in Morantenna, Theripehe and Kalanwatta who feared this wild elephant, were confined to their houses after dusk. N.M. Walahena, in- charge of the electric fence told the Daily News that there are hundreds of wild elephants living in the forest reserve and they do not enter the villages as they fear the electric fence.

“Only this wild elephant had got used to jump over the electric fence,” he said.