Director General of Wildlife, M.G.C. Sooriyabandara said the 35-year-old tusker had been suffering from the gunshot wound for the past two weeks. Sooriyabandara said the tusker died of its injuries on Thursday and the post-mortem investigation conducted yesterday.
The tusker ‘Missaka’, with its 3 feet long tusks was an icon at the Yala National Park. Wildlife Veterinary Director, Tharaka Prasad said it received information that the tusker was spotted with injuries and lying on the ground at the Yala National Park on the 15th of this month, which prompted officials to inspect the site. He added a large wound of around one square foot was observed above the tusker’s left front leg.
The Wildlife Veterinary Director said despite attempts to treat the animal for nearly 4 days, they were unable to save its life. Investigations are now underway to arrest the culprits involved in the tusker’s death.