Well, who doesn’t love fancy handouts? In this instance, Elephants are waiting for free foods being beggars. Elephant beggars wandering in roadsides has been an often outlook at Udawalawe, Buththala, Habarana, Katharagama like woodyareas in Sri Lanka.
Awhile, it may be an amazing experience for visitors because of their mischievous behavior. Nevertheless, this extraordinary behaviour of elephants become a tragedy as Elephants are waiting for throwing away foods from travellers. And often not always, travellers chuck food with some fear without removing polythene covers, and some fast foods are not matching for food patterns of elephants. AS a result of this, it disturbs the healthiness of elephants and their natural habits. Not only have that, but also elephants get used to eating street food being adapted to roads not for their natural habitats depending on chasing foods and time to time, the crisis is becoming worst. Because the regrettable situation is, if they are not feeding sufficiently, they are trying to behave ardently.
Elephants natural behavior
Elephants are naturally created for the jungles. Feet of them are being designed for walking in grasslands and forests, not streets. Nowadays, street elephants are a common sight in Sri Lanka, and they get used to begging foods from travellers making a crisis. The elephant that is created through natural selection whose natural habitats are forests and they adapted for those of the natural ecosystem. Due to the latest human-made ecosystem, all the natural phenomena has been changed into the wrong side.
People giving food to Elephant beggars
Man is merely a part of the natural ecosystem, and if he goes to change this system, it results for destroying himself and other species also. Animals should allow to live in their natural habitats, and human should live in their places. However, the problem is arising due to the road across the wooded area. The only sollution of building electric fences is not a good idea because bifurcation of the natural reserve will be colossal hit the ecosystem. If not, it makes another crisis in the world. However, the poser is not easier much as it is, and elephants are under threat and scientist identify Elephants as an endangered species in Sri Lanka according to the IUCN Red List. So this is the time to pay attention to responsible authorities or now somewhat late.
People giving foods to Elephant beggars
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Article by:- Dilini Tharangi