A 70-year-old starving elephant collapsed after a Sri Lankan parade. She is just one of 60 elephants being paraded at the festival.
Photos of the malnourished elephant started spreading on the internet before the parade began. Tikiiri the elephant, is only one of the 60 elephants being made to march in the parade.
The festival, known as Esala Perahera, is a Buddhist festival that occurs in Kandy, Sri Lanka. When the first photo of the starving elephant went viral, it was revealed that her malnourished body was being hidden with fancy costumes.
The Save Elephant Foundation posted the first photo of Tikiiri on Facebook. They wrote, “This is Tikiiri, a 70-year-old ailing female. She is one of the 60 elephants who must work in the service of the Perahera Festival in Sri Lanka this year. Tikiiri joins in the parade early every evening until late at night every night for ten consecutive nights, amidst the noise, the fireworks, and smoke.”
“She walks many kilometers every night so that people will feel blessed during the ceremony,’ the post revealed, adding,. “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.”
“For a ceremony, all have the right to belief as long as that belief does not disturb or harm another. How can we call this a blessing, or something holy, if we make other lives to suffer?” it further continued.
People on social media were extremely disturbed by the images. Furthermore, yesterday they posted an update on the starving elephant after the Sri Lankan parade.
The photograph shows the elephant collapsed on the ground, looking frailer than before.
Their post read, “Tikiiri update. Please pray for her. It is too tiring for her to walk and work. On the day we met her the vet said she is strong and OK to walk ???.”
Continuing further, “Some people are blind in their hearts, and care less to others. 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.”
“Time to END to use animal in every ceremony,” the post concluded. However, a source told Metro that the female elephant suffers from a ‘digestive ailment’. This ‘prevents her from putting on weight’ but ‘hasn’t affected her strength and abilities’ according to the source.
The Buddhist festival goes on for 10 days and also includes jugglers, dancers, and musicians to participate.
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