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Elephant’s ‘bony body’ hidden under costume during Sri Lankan festival

“Tikiri joins in the parade early every evening until late at night every night for ten consecutive nights, amidst the noise, the fireworks, and smoke.

“She walks many kilometers every night so that people will feel blessed during the ceremony. No one sees her bony body or her weakened condition, because of her costume.

“No one sees the tears in her eyes, injured by the bright lights that decorate her mask, no one sees her difficulty to step as her legs are short shackled while she walks.

“For a ceremony, all have the right to belief as long as that belief does not disturb or harm another.

“How can we call this a blessing, or something holy, if we make other lives to suffer?” the foundation asked.

The images caused outrage online.

“I can’t believe they do this to her she is so old, skinny and fragile … I pray she can get released, this is torture,” one person commented.

“This is a disgraceful act of utter cruelty and neglect,” another wrote.

The foundation was calling for the animal’s release to stop its suffering.

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