Tikiri, the elephant that made headlines earlier this year after shocking images showed the animal dressed up and forced to march through the streets of Sri Lanka Starved Elephant Forced To Parade The Streets During Festival passed away aged 70. The shocking images showed her emaciated body, and they were shared online by animal right’s organization Save Elephant Foundation.
What’s worse, however, is that Tikiri was just one of the dozens of elephants that are forced to march for days as a part of a Buddhist festival in Kandy, Sri Lanka.
People, though, were outraged when photos revealed the elephant’s thin body underneath the colorful costume, and other photos that showed her collapsed on the ground.
Lek Chailert, the founder of Save Elephant Foundation and the person that initially shared the sad photos said that Tikiri joins in the parade early every evening until late at night for 10 consecutive nights, in the middle of the fireworks, the noise, and the smoke.
He wrote that she walked many kilometers every night so that people will feel blessed during the ceremony, and no one sees her weak body and her weakened condition because of her colorful costume.
Tikiri was returned to her keeper following the backlash, but Save Elephant Foundation recently shared the sad news that the animal had lost its life in a heartfelt post on Facebook.