70-Year-Old Elephant Collapses From Exhaustion After Sri Lankan Festival

Tristan Sonnekus

Heartbreaking images have emerged of a Starving elephant that collapsed after exhaustion after a festival in Sri Lankan Festival. This is probably the skinniest elephant caught in camera.

The charity says the animals are malnourished and shackled. Credit: Save Elephant Foundation/Lek Chailert

A Facebook post from Save Elephant Foundation, read: “Please pray for her. It is too tiring for her to walk and work.” They added: “Look at this poor old girl who has fallen down and the whole world can see her.

“We can not just let it go silent. Time to stand up and take action to protect the others who still suffer and are waiting for our voice.”

Pictures of the malnourished animal, called Tikiri were first highlighted a few days ago when animal right activists were furious at the condition of the incredible animal.

She said: “Tikiri joins in the parade early every evening until late at night every night for 10 consecutive nights, amidst the noise, the fireworks, and smoke.

“She walks many kilometers every night so that people will feel blessed during the ceremony. No one sees her bony body or her weakened condition, because of her costume.

“No one sees the tears in her eyes, injured by the bright lights that decorate her mask, no one sees her difficulty to step as her legs are short shackled while she walks.”

The charity’s head said she had no problem with people celebrating their faith, as long as it doesn’t interfere with the welfare and happiness of the animals used.

Ms Chailert added: “To love, to do no harm, to follow a path of kindness and compassion, this is the Way of Buddha. It is time to follow.”

Tikiri was dressed up and forced to parade down the street. Credit: Save Elephant Foundation/Lek Chailert

Im sure it is safe to say this is utterly heartbreaking for all animal lovers. We need to be more aware of these acts of cruelty. Lets all stand together and make sure we don’t ever witness anything like this again.

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