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Wildlife Department nurses polythene-ingested elephant to heath


The Giritale Wildlife Department nursed to health an elephant that was found to have consumed vast amounts of polythene.

The elephant was found lying in a swamp at Manampitiya, Nelumwila on January 29.

The Giritale Wildlife Department said the elephant was moved out of the swamp with a backhoe and treated with 30 bottles of saline.

Giritale Wildlife Department veterinary surgeon said the elephant had discharged 40 kilogrammes of polythene, after being given 40 litres of water and 3 litres of coconut oil.

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