Elephant collapses and dies of 'exhaustion' in Sri Lanka

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Elephant collapses and dies of 'exhaustion' after carrying tourists on safari in sweltering heat in Sri Lanka Male elephant, 18, named Kanakota, carried tourists with his legs shackled He was draped in a sheet by locals from the nearby town of  Sigiriya Animal is said to have carried three groups of holidaymakers on day he died 

By Nick Enoch for MailOnline

Published: 09:27 GMT, 1 November 2019 | Updated: 09:29 GMT, 1 November 2019

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Harrowing footage shows an elephant which is believed to have died from exhaustion after being forced to carry tourists on safari in Sri Lanka in searing heat.

The 18-year-old male, named Kanakota, is seen lying in undergrowth after he collapsed while transporting the holidaymakers with his legs shackled. 

In the video, locals from the nearby town of Sigiriya pay their last respects to the animal, which died on October 16. 

Patting his side, they cover Kanakota with a sheet as the rain bears down on them.  

Locals from Sigiriya, central Sri Lanka, pay their respects to an elephant which is said to have died from exhaustion after carrying tourists on safari

Locals from Sigiriya, central Sri Lanka, pay their respects to an elephant which is said to have died from exhaustion after carrying tourists on safari

The 18-year-old male, named Kanakota, is covered in a sheet and is paid his last respects after he died on October 16

The 18-year-old male, named Kanakota, is covered in a sheet and is paid his last respects after he died on October 16

According to animal rights campaigners, the elephant had already carried three groups of holidaymakers on the day he died.  

Kanakota is reported to have been hit with a

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