Aug 14, Colombo: Three wild elephants including a tusker have died due to electric shock in Mihintale, Ihalagama area.
Among the dead wild elephants are an elephant with tusks and a small female elephant calf of about five years of age. The tusker and the other elephant were about 15 years old, according to the wildlife officials.
Two adult elephants were found lying near a harvested paddy field and the dead baby elephant was found in an abandoned chena field.
The three elephants are suspected to have been electrocuted.
The owner of a house adjacent to the place where the elephants died has been taken into the custody of the wildlife officials, and several poles used for electric wires and cables found near his land have also been seized.
The suspect is to be presented to the Anuradhapura Magistrate's Court and the post-mortem examination of the three dead wild elephants is to be carried out tomorrow by Dr. Chandana Jayasinghe, the Wildlife Veterinarian in charge of the Anuradhapura region.