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Killer wild elephant captured in Wellawaya

A wild elephant roaming in Wellawaya and the suburbs who killed a number of persons and damaged properties, was captured by a team of wildlife officials attached to Southern Province Wildlife Department.

A Wildlife Conservation Department official said the elephant who would roam in Hambegamuwa, Balaharuwa, Unakanda, Weherayaya, Ethiliwewa and Siripura areas was caught in a forest in Balaharuwa.

The elephant has killed over 12 persons.

Twenty one wildlife officers participated in the operation. The elephant was handed over to the Horowupathana Elephant Orphanage.