Endangered elephants forage for food in a dump, raising concerns about their safety.


ENDANGERED elephants rummage for food at a dump, raising concerns about their well-being.

Last weekend, two people died after ingesting plastic from an open landfill in Pallakkadu, Sri Lanka’s eastern province.

Scavenging in dumps has led to the death of up to 20 elephants in the past eight years

The body of a wild elephant lies in an open landfill

According to local experts, this brings the total death toll in the last eight years to around 20.

According to local scientists, they had a lot of plastic in their stomachs.

“Polythene, food wrappers, plastic, non-digestibles, and water were the only things we could see in the postmortem,” Nihal Pushpakumara, a wildlife veterinarian, said.

“Elephants’ normal diet and digestion were not visible.”

Elephant numbers in the country have decreased from around 14,000 in the nineteenth century to 6,000 in 2011.

The number of elephants in the country has dwindled from about 14,000 in the 19th century to 6,000 in 2011


Micheal Kurt

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