Body of tusker ‘Dala Poottuwa’ found?

Published : 9:10 am  November 30, 2017 | No comments so far |  | 


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htyjBy Darshana Sanjeewa and Hiran Priyankara 

A body of a tusker suspected to be ‘Dala Poottuwa’ (crossed tusks) had been recovered by the Special Task Force (STF) at Kahalla-Pallekele Sanctuary in Thabbowa yesterday afternoon.  

Speaking to Daily Mirror, Wildlife Conservation Department Manjula Amararathna said the tusker’s body had been identified by the Department’s Veterinarians (who treated the animal before) as the Dala Poottuwa.   
“However, a postmortem to be conducted today to determined whether it is the body of Dala Poottuwa or not,” he said.   

In addition to the STF, five groups comprising wildlife officers and the police commenced the search operation within the Galgamuwa range where the tusker was last spotted.   

The suspects aged 32 and 40 ,who are residents of Galgamuwa and Moragollagama, were arrested by the Walana Anti-Corruption Unit last Thursday (23) with a pair of elephant tusks and ivory organic gemstones (Gaja Muthu).