Victims of callousness

Story and pics by Hiran Priyankara Jayasinghe

The don’t care attitude of drivers has resulted in many tragic deaths of elephants in the Karuwalagaswewa and Tabbowa areas along the Puttalam-Anuradhapura road.

Despite well-displayed warning signs which indicate the places where elephants usually cross, a number of accidents take place because drivers do not pay attention to them.

Within a month two tragic incidents of elephants falling victim to speeding vehicles were reported.
In one incident a female elephant was killed while in the other a calf died.

Our pictures portray the incidents. In one an elephant calf was thrown thirty metres from where a speeding vehicle collided with it.
In May a female elephant succumbed to its injuries, a few days after it was hit by a vehicle.     However, the drivers who were responsible for the deaths of these elephants have not yet been apprehended.

The baby elephant was thrown thirty metres

Sign boards clearly indicate elephant crossings.

This calf had its life snuffed out by a callous driver

Officials attempting to move the injured she elephant

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