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Sri Lanka's 'auspicious' baby jumbo won't fly

Published on Mar 12, 2014 9:45 PM

COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka stopped a baby elephant from being given as a gift to South Korea after discovering it was born on an auspicious day, a minister said on Wednesday.

The baby "Dinu Daa" - meaning day of victory - was born on May 18, 2009, the same day troops killed Tamil rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, ending the country's civil war.

With the killing of Prabhakaran and his entire military leadership, Colombo declared an end to 37 years of ethnic bloodshed which had claimed at least 100,000 lives between 1972 and 2009.

"There is a special significance of this baby elephant. It is a symbol of our victory," Special Projects minister S.M. Chandrasena told reporters in Colombo.

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