Harassed Thai bound ‘Muthuraja’ sent to Dehiwala Zoo

Agriculture and Wildlife and Forest Conservation Minister Mahinda Amaraweera has instructed the Wildlife Secretary to take necessary steps to take care of tusker Muthuraja through the Dehiwala National Zoological Gardens. 

Muthuraja was a donation from Thailand to former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and she was donated to the Aluthgama Kande Vihara temple later.

The elephant had faced severe harassment due to the rude behaviour of the elephant keeper.

Thailand’s ambassador in Sri Lanka has entrusted tusker Muthuraja to the Dehiwala Zoological Gardens. The elephant is safe with the care given by Dehiwala Zoo staff.

As it was reported that the Thai ambassador to Sri Lanka has decided to send Muthuraja back to Thailand, Minister Mahinda Amaraweera had a long discussion with the Ministry Secretary Chandra Herath to keep the elephant in this country.

The National Zoological Department has agreed to treat the elephant in the Dehiwala Zoo.The Minister advised the Secretary to discuss with the Thai Ambassador and take the necessary steps.

The Director General of the Zoo Department stated that the elephant is currently in a very good condition in the Dehiwala Zoo and the Thai Ambassador to Sri Lanka who visited the elephant was very happy with the steps taken to take care of Muthuraja.


by Daily News Sri Lanka

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