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* Sri Lankan President's intended Jumbo gift to Israeli President raises concerns among his staff
Tue, Jan 7, 2014, 01:30 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 06, Colombo: Staff at the office of Israeli President Shimon Peres are reportedly in a state of confusion to find room for a jumbo that will be gifted to the Israeli President by Sri Lankan President who will be visiting the country following his visit to Palestine.

According to a report in Times of Israel President Rajapaksa has made it known that he would like to present President Shimon Peres with a pachyderm, as a gift between friends.

The report said although the staff at the Israeli President's residence was thrilled at the gift, they were stressed to find a place for the jumbo which can weigh in at over three metric tons.

Although the staff had managed to make arrangements with the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo to house the animal as a member of the zoo's existing herd, the keepers have raised concerns in transporting the animal from Sri Lanka to Israel.

They have pointed out that in addition to a battery of veterinary checks there are international regulations controlling the movement of wild animals around the globe and the entire process was likely to take several weeks.

As a result, the there is no formal plan to bring the elephant, but a Foreign Ministry source has said that if President Rajapaksa formally announced during the visit his intention to send the gift, it would be warmly received, the Times reported.

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