Thursday, December 30, 2004

Where are all the dead animals? Sri Lanka asks

COLOMBO, Dec 29 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan wildlife officials are stunned -- the worst tsunami in memory has killed around 22,000 people along the Indian Ocean island's coast, but they can't find any dead animals.

Giant waves washed floodwaters up to 3 km (2 miles) inland at Yala National Park in the ravaged southeast, Sri Lanka's biggest wildlife reserve and home to hundreds of wild elephants and several leopards.

"The strange thing is we haven't recorded any dead animals," H.D. Ratnayake, deputy director of the national Wildlife Department, told Reuters on Wednesday.

"No elephants are dead, not even a dead hare or rabbit," he added. "I think animals can sense disaster. They have a sixth sense. They know when things are happening."

At least 40 tourists, including nine Japanese, were drowned.

The tsunami was triggered by an earthquake in the Indian Ocean on Sunday, which sent waves up to 5-metres (15-feet) high crashing onto Sri Lanka's southern, eastern and northern seaboard, flooding whole towns and villages, destroying hotels and causing widespread destruction.

Source: Reuters


At 10:56 AM, Blogger Kervin said...

The star showed pictures of dolphins caught in the wake and was found beached on shore as well as countless fishes that lay dead. An article alsi said eyewitness here saw 100 plus dolphins streaming into the river before the tsunami struck. Extreme changes in the environment may cause them to act out of norm, it's not sixth sense but animals do have extra sensual receptors such as magnetic fields, soundwaves and echo location and such strong forces released from the quake might cause them to head in the other direction for safety.

At 11:57 AM, Blogger Cayce said...

Glad you cleared it up. For a while I thought the animals had ESP(N)..




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