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Monday, June 11 , 2012 - 5.00 GMT
Mass ceremony to name baby elephants held


Special ceremony was held yesterday to name 15 baby elephants born in captivity at the world famous elephant sanctuary at Pinnawela.

Director of Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, Nihal Senaratne said that 13 baby elephants born in 2011 and two born in 2010 were named at the ceremony this evening.

The names were chosen by the visitors to the elephant sanctuary from a letter selected astrologically based on the baby elephants' birth times.

A large crowd attended the ceremony at the orphanage which is a major tourist attraction in Sri Lanka.

The orphanage houses the largest herd of captive pachyderms in the world. In 2011, there were 88 elephants, including 37 males and 51 females from 3 generations, living in the 25-acre Facility.




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