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Disaster mystery:
No dead animals

Posted By -NO AUTHOR- On 12/29/2004 @ 3:50 am In Front Page | Comments Disabled

As the human death toll from Sunday’s earthquake and subsequent tsunami continues to skyrocket in Asia, a mystery is unfolding in Sri Lanka.

Somehow, the animals survived the disaster.

According to reports out of Colombo, Sri Lankan wildlife officials are said to be stunned.

“The strange thing is we haven’t recorded any dead animals,” H.D. Ratnayake, deputy director of the national Wildlife Department, told Reuters. “No elephants are dead, not even a dead hare or rabbit.”

“I think animals can sense disaster,” he added. “They have a sixth sense. They know when things are happening.”

The sentiment was echoed by Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne, whose Jetwing Eco Holidays runs a hotel in the Yala National Park, the country’s largest wildlife reserve where hundreds of wild elephants dwell along with some 130 other species.

“This is very interesting. I am finding bodies of humans, but I have yet to see a dead animal,” he told the Associated Press.

Floodwaters reportedly rushed up to two miles inland at the park, where 41 human bodies have been recovered so far, including 13 foreigners, according to Lanka Business Online.

Wildlife officers reportedly found a 13-year-old boy yesterday morning, the only survivor of the tsunami at the park.

Wildlife Conservation Director General Dayananda Kariyawasam told the paper except for dead fish, no carcasses of animals have been found.

The human death toll in Sri Lanka exceeds 21,000.


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