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* Rare female elephant with tusks reported from Sri Lanka
Mon, Nov 21, 2011, 09:33 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka Wildlife authorities claim that they have observed a rare female elephant with tusks for the first time in recent history.

The animal is believed to be roaming in the southern regions of Wilpattu National Wildlife Park in the northwest part of the country.

The wildlife officials believe the spotted female tusker is around six years old.

The finding of a female elephant with tusks is believed to be the first such finding in Asia, according to wildlife officials.

Typically, only the male Asian elephants have large external tusks while females usually lacks visible tusks. They may have barely visible small tusks which can be seen only when they open the mouth.

A recent survey conducted in August on Sri Lanka's wild elephant population revealed that the number of the elephants has grown to 5,879 in total. The survey also found 122 tuskers.



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