Pakistan will get two female elephants as a gift from Sri Lanka.
After the sad death of the African elephant Noor Jehan at the Karachi Zoo, Sri Lanka has said it will give two elephants to Pakistan, according to Honorary Consul General Yasin Joyia of the country.
The official said that the consul general had asked the Sri Lankan High Commissioner for the elephants. The country’s highest court has already said that elephants can’t be sent outside of the country.
The official told Geo News the day before that Sri Lanka will send two female elephants to Pakistan, one for the Karachi Zoo and the other for Lahore.
Joyia also said that Lahore’s zoo doesn’t have any elephants anymore since Suzi, the only big animal there, died in May 2017.
He also said he was sad about the death of 17-year-old Noor Jehan in Karachi. She died after having health problems for a long time, which were made worse by a lack of care at the zoo, according to reports.
The Sri Lankan envoy also said that the elephants’ names will be given by the government back home and that the news of their coming will be made in the next few days.
Animal rights campaigners have been very upset about keeping animals in cages in the zoo ever since Noor Jehan’s story came out about how she was not cared for at the Karachi Zoo when she was sick.
People on the Internet were very upset about how she died, calling it “criminal negligence” on the part of the zoo’s staff and saying they didn’t care about animal rights.
Animal rights activists in Pakistan and around the world posted about Noor Jehan’s sad situation on social media, which led to calls for the zoo to be closed.