The elephant which had sustained gunshot injuries throughout his body had been treated at Ath Athuru Sevana elephant sanctuary and later once he had grown older he was released to the Udawalawe National Park. Due to his injuries, he had been named ‘Bullet’.
The elephant which is around 18 years currently, had initially been shot when it was a baby and had been separated from the herd. The wildlife officers had rescued it then and had been treated and taken care of at Ath Athuru Sevana elephant sanctuary for many years and later released into the Udawalawe National Park.
Bullet had been seen frequently roaming the areas near the 10th mile post in the Udawalawe National Park and the Mauara areas and had been seen near the Udawalawe-Thanamalvila road with gunshot injuries. The injured animal had been treated by the Southern Province Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Malaka Abeywardena.
There are around four elephants that are frequently seen in the Udawalawe National Park and several days earlier, one of them ‘Mugalan’ had been shot in the head and killed by unknown person.