Medical clinic for perahera elephants

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Peradeniya University’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, tested elephants participating in the Esala Perahera for Leptospirosis (rat fever) and other illnesses.

A special elephant medical clinic was held yesterday (7) at the Sri Dalada Maligawa and Siv Maha Devala premises in Kandy.

Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Prof. Ashoka Dangolla said the diseases, injuries, allergies, and chronic diseases of elephants were examined, and that diseases that may occur due to heavy rains will also be investigated.

He said the elephants were not afflicted with any disease that would prevent them from participating in the Perahera. He said, in addition to seeing if they had any medical condition, the elephants will be supervised so that they get adequate sleep, food, and the cleanliness of the premises where the animals are kept.

He said this time around special tests were carried out to check whether the elephants were infected with Leptospirosis and blood and urine samples as well as a foot test were initiated. These tests will be regularly carried out on the animals till the pageant comes to a close to prevent them from falling sick before, during or after the pageant, Prof. Dangolla said.

BY K. L. Suraweera – Kandy