Yala elephant becomes witness in safari jeep accident

Yala elephant becomes witness in safari jeep accident

Yala elephant becomes witness in safari jeep accident

Written by Staff Writer

26 Apr, 2016 | 8:14 pm

A recent incident within the Yala National Park depicts that even the best can make a mistake at any moment. Like any usual day at the Yala National Park, a driver of a safari jeep entered the premises of the natural reserve, with a group of tourists hoping to show them the best of sights.

The driver , Sampath has years of experience in safari jeep driving at the park. On this particular day, however, Sampath’s jeep came face to face with Gemunu, a majestic tusker living in the Yala National Park.

Gemunu , shows a tendency to eat what is offered by the visitors and most of the time gets his food by force. Drivers of safari jeep have had such experiences on many occasions and are never troubled when Gemunu makes his approach.

However, as Sampath noticed a change in the stroll of this tusker, he put his jeep in to reverse and brought distance between the jeep and the elephant.

Sampath Galappatti stated even though Gemunu is not a troublesome animal, on that day his behaviour was different and observes that he would have caused trouble. While he was speeding in reverse, he met with an accident with another jeep in the vicinity.  However, no one was injured in the accident

Amidst all the commotion and ruckus from the visitors and jeep drivers, Gemunu who was simply a spectator of this incident ventured in to the dense forests. Several days prior to this incident, Gemunu had put its trunk in to a jeep in search of food and also damaged a camera of a foreign visitor to the National Park.

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