Sri Lanka returns stolen elephants to captors

A court in Colombo, Sri Lanka, has ordered two elephant sanctuaries to return 13 animals to their captors in a move that has shocked experts. – EPA pic, September 10, 2021.

TWO Sri Lankan elephant homes have returned 13 of the young animals stolen from wildlife parks back to their alleged captors following a court order, officials said today.

Elephants are considered sacred in Sri Lanka and their capture in the wild is illegal, but many people own the animals under special permits as a symbol of wealth.

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