After a howl of protests on social media, Esala festival organisers in Sri Lanka's Kandy withdrew the aged elephant from the grand finale on Wednesday.
Sri Lanka Friday ordered an investigation after a skeletal 70-year-old elephant was paraded at a high-profile Buddhist pageant in a move criticised as cruelty to the ailing animal.
Tourism and wildlife minister John Amaratunga said he ordered wildlife authorities to investigate how the elephant known as Tikiri was forced to take part in a lengthy parade despite her poor health.
Animal-lovers slammed the authorities for forcing the aged animal to participate in the ...
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