Sri Lanka pilgrims flee as elephant runs amok

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka: A Hindu non secular competition in Sri Lanka resulted in chaos after an elephant within the procession panicked, with 13 other folks within the crowd injured as they fled, police mentioned on Sunday (Jul 7).

Video pictures shared on social media confirmed one of the most elephant’s keepers looking to pull the agitated animal through its tail in a determined try to keep an eye on it, whilst screaming devotees lining the road rushed to flee.

The photographs display a parade of elephants coated in crimson, blue and gold gowns from trunk to tail, in entrance of a big crowd whilst cymbals clanged.

13 other folks have been taken to clinic and handled for minor accidents in Kataragama, 280km south of the capital Colombo, a police spokesman mentioned.

A spokesman for the state-run Kataragama clinic mentioned on Sunday, the day after the incident, that all of the injured have been discharged.

Elephants are regarded as sacred in Sri Lanka, however animal cruelty regulations are hardly enforced.

Animal rights teams have criticised the fashionable use of elephants at temple ceremonies in Sri Lanka.

There were circumstances when the animals have long past berserk at parades involving loud track and fireworks.

In August 2023, dozens of pilgrims jumped right into a lake within the central town of Kandy to flee 5 agitated younger elephants. A number of other folks have been harm and one girl used to be hospitalised.

In 2019, a minimum of 17 other folks have been injured when elephants ran amok at a temple competition in Colombo.

Reputable information display there are about 200 domesticated elephants within the island country, along side a wild inhabitants of round 7,500.

The federal government has banned the seize of untamed elephants however dozens of calves had been stolen lately, ceaselessly after their moms have been killed through their captors.

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