Haggard elephant in Sri Lanka raises concern worldwide
A 70-year-old female elephant named Tikiri works every night for 10 days in a row wearing a costume and a mask with bright lights during the Esala Perahera Festival in Kandy, Sri Lanka.
The emaciated elephant, Tikiri left everyone in shock when it was seen without the costume. Have a look:
Elisa Allen, director of animal welfare charity, said that elephants were frequently exploited at tourist destinations and in temples.
“Sri Lankan authorities must stop allowing such atrocious cruelty and send this poor elephant to a reputable sanctuary where she can be assessed by veterinarians and, if treatment is viable, live out her remaining years in peace,” said Allen after seeing Tikiri‘s condition.