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Where Are All the Dead Animals? Sri Lanka Asks

Wed Dec 29, 4:41 AM ET

COLOMBO (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 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 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 Sunday, which
sent waves up to 15 feet high crashing onto Sri Lanka's southern, eastern
and northern seaboard, flooding whole towns and villages, destroying hotels
and causing widespread destruction.

||01/13/05 at 15:49:23|graham_inglis Re: Where Are All the Dead Animals? Sri Lanka Asks|graham_inglis|space@eurobell.co.uk|01/13/05 at 15:45:06|graham_inglis|xx|0||This was also under discussion on the Phenomena forum:


However we're an undisciplined lot over there, and soon wandered off-topic, talking about foreign languages...||01/13/05 at 15:46:10|graham_inglis