ENDANGERED elephants are foraging for food at a landfill – raising concerns about their welfare.
Two people died last weekend after ingesting plastic from an open dump in Pallakkadu, eastern Sri Lanka.
Local experts say it brings the death toll to around 20 over the past eight years.
Local scientists said a large amount of plastic was found in their stomachs.
Nihal Pushpakumara, a wildlife veterinarian, said: “Polythene, food wrappers, plastic, other non-digestibles and water were the only things we were able to see during the examination. autopsy.
“Normal food elephant Eating and digestion are not clear. ”
The number of elephants in the country has dropped from about 14,000 in the 19th century to 6,000 in 2011.
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