Aug 01, Colombo: The captured white - bellied sea eagle suspected to be trained to distribute narcotics was handed over to the Dehiwala National Zoo on a court order, the Dehiwala National Zoo Department said.
Locally known as the "Kusa Ali Muhudu Ukussa", this species has the ability to carry a weight of about 15 kilograms and can be trained, Aththidiya Veterinarian Suhada Jayawardena said.
According to the Veterinarian breeding and owning of hawks and crows have been banned as these animals can be trained to follow instructions.
On information received by the Western Province intelligence officers, the hawk was found in a cage at a farm at the Cemetery Road area of Nawalamulla, Meegodaon the 30th and was handed over to the zoo by the Athurugiriya Police after being produced before the Homagama Magistrate's Court yesterday (31).
It is also suspected that the bird was used to distribute drugs by ‘Angoda Lokka’ who is considered to be an underworld gang leader.