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Tourists get too close to a giant Asian elephant in Sri Lanka. Unexpected friendliness

Tourists get too close to a giant Asian elephant in Sri Lanka. Unexpected friendliness

Minneriya is a small town in the paradise island of Sri Lanka that is famous for two things — the great Minneriya lake built by King Mahasen and Minneriya National Park which is a place filled with elephants. This location is always flooded with safari enthusiasts who love to get a closer look at the elephants in the area.

The King Mahasen built Minneria Lake during the historical ages of (276–303) BC. During his reign, he built many magnificent tanks like these, and they are all talked about as students get to learn about Sri Lanka’s history. Around this lake, green vegetation and an ecosystem survived for thousands of years, and the Sri Lankan authorities have already created a national park out of that.

There are hundreds of elp[ehants that freely roam around this area, and you can sometimes see dozens of them bathing in the lake or moving together as a herd. Tourists love to visit this area and along the road to have a chance to be very close to an elephant like this. Then they would attempt to take photos of them feeding these elephants for social media and the entire world to see. Yes, it is a beautiful sight that shows the connection between humans and nature. But it is not worth risking your life for a photo opportunity. Many casualties have been reported over the past years with similar situations that became worse.

Watch the full footage and let us know about your thoughts. We hope to be positive in this regard, but only very few us do get the absolute chance and safety to be this close to an elephant. They are humble giants that should be left alone. We appreciate these loving tourists for showing their compassion towards our national treasures that elephants are.

What are Sri Lankan ELephants and their history in the Island of Sri Lanka?

On the beautiful island of Sri Lanka, Elephants roam the streets and through village areas freely in many regions of the country. The small island nation is full of elephants that are loved by most of the inhabitants of the island. Most educated people in the country continually fight corruption and animal abuse. Especially they continue their resolve to show how important the treasures that elephants are to the state as Sri Lankan elephants are known as the largest and the strongest among Asian elephants.

However, around farming villages where elephants raid crops, many conflicts are happening that have caused casualties to both sides. They have set a lot of fences and electric fences with barriers around many villages and farmlands around national parks and many massive forest reserves. These elephants often run into traps and wells placed along with farms for water supply.

We humbly invite you to join us with a journey full of love and help to our treasured wild elephants in the paradise island of Sri Lanka.

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