Sunday 23 July 2017

Elephant in Buddhist procession attacks and kills monk

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Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

An elephant that was part of a Buddhist procession has attacked and killed a monk, police in Sri Lanka said.

Police spokesman Priyantha Jayakody said three elephants were marching in a procession in Colombo on Sunday night when one suddenly went on the rampage and attacked the monk.

The monk suffered serious injuries and died in hospital early on Monday.

Colourfully decorated elephants are a significant part of Buddhist religious processions and festivals. Temples and wealthy families often own the animals and rent them out for such events.

However, animal rights activists say the elephants are often kept in inhumane conditions.

Sri Lanka has nearly 6,000 elephants, but those in the wild are threatened with habitat loss and degradation. An estimated 200 elephants are killed every year, mainly by farmers trying to protect their crops.

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