Watch: Hungry Elephants Lumber Out To A Garbage Landfill In Sri Lanka In Search Of Food

This group of hungry elephants regularly visit a landfill in Sri Lanka in search of food. They reportedly end up consuming plastic and other harmful dumps that might cause them illness or even death.

Nikhil Pandey

November 26, 2020

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In the eastern town of Ampara in Sri Lanka, a group of hungry elephants have been lumbering out to a landfill in search of food. The drone footage of the hungry elephants, picking out wilted pieces of vegetables, dump, and plastic, was recently shared online. The trash and plastic from the landfill have been slowly killing the elephants, the reason of which, the Sri Lankan government is digging a moat around the landfill to keep the hungry elephants away.

Hungry elephants lumbering at a Sri Lankan landfill

Ampara landfill situated in the middle of an elephant corridor reportedly has several hungry elephants strolling at the dump yard for food. The landfill established before a decade has also caused conflict between nearby villagers and animals. The hungry elephants reportedly attack the villagers and the agricultural land nearby. They harm the villagers and their livelihood.

The Sri Lankan government, besides digging moats, is planning to build trenches near the landfills to reduce the interaction between the animals and the villagers. Reportedly, the Sri Lankan government’s decision will resolve the conflicts of the villagers and also help in preserving elephants.

Interestingly, there are more than 7,500 wild elephants in Sri Lanka. Domesticated elephants are revered on the island and are used in religious and cultural events. Read the latest updates about Sri Lanks’s landfills on ZEE5.

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