The Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) has deployed teams to track the wild elephant that collided with the vehicle of actor Jackson Anthony in Thalawa on 2 June, in order to assess any injuries sustained by the elephant.
Director General of DWC Chandana Sooriyabandara said this is an ordinary practice of the Department carried out in the event of such collision, as they are vested with the duty to ensure the wellbeing of the elephant in such instance.
“The teams will track the whereabouts of the elephant in order to determine the injuries sustained by it,” he said adding that the authorities were not able to trace the said elephant after the incident due to which teams were deployed. Anthony and two other persons were injured when their vehicle collided with a wild elephant when they were returning from a film shoot at Haththikuchchi Viharaya in Galgamuwa, following which Anthony was admitted to the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital and was later transferred to the Colombo National Hospital.
Villagers speaking to the Media following the incident observed that there have been several incidents of human-elephant conflicts in the area.
By Faadhila Thassim