Veterinary surgeon K.A.S.S. Kalinguarachchi of the Giritale wildlife health management unit says he received a sick baby elephant from Kavudulla national park a week ago.
Samples from the one-and-a-half-month old has been sent to the veterinary unit of Peradeniya for tests, he says.
According to him, the elephants have caught the disease from the tens of thousands cattle sent illegally to national parks for grazing.
Caretakers too, confirm this.
A severe shortage of food soon
Dr. Kalinguarachchi said animals in national parks could face a severe shortage of food soon too.
Also, hunters enter on the pretext of looking for their cattle and kill the wild animals.
Veterinary surgeon K.A.S.S. Kalinguarachchi, Giritale wildlife health management unit
The sick baby elephant