Vets sought to treat wounded elephant
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 23 July 2003, 02:09 GMT]
The Forest Conservation Division of the Liberation Tigers Wednesday appealed for veterinarian experts to help treat an elephant which had been seriously injured after triggering a landmine, officials said.
The tusker trampled on a landmine in the thick jungles of Odduchuddan in Mullaitivu district. The area had been occupied by Sri Lankan troops during Operation Jaya Sikirui in the late nineties and the area has not been demined after it was recaptured by the LTTE in November 1999.
Forest Conservation sources said that hundreds of wild animals have been killed in these jungle areas by landmines. Forest Conservation Officials are urgently seeking the assistance of experts and wild life conservation organizations to help treat the wounded pachyderm, which is said to be in distress.
Wounded Elephant. Photo: Vasanth, LTTE