This photo taken on Tuesday, shows 70-year-old emaciated elephant Tikiri eating at the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy. AFP
The chief custodian of the Temple of the Tooth — which organises the event — Pradeep Nilanga Dela said Tikiri would not be part of Wednesday's grand finale, involving dozens of jumbos.
Dela said the elephant's "medical condition" meant her owners told him she would not be part of Kandy city's parade and told AFP by telephone, "Tikiri is being treated."
Tikiri stands at the Temple of the Tooth, where she was brought to attend an annual pageant on Wednesday. AFP
Animal-lovers lambasted the authorities for forcing the aged animal to parade several kilometres wearing elaborate clothing at the hugely popular night festival.
Asian elephant expert Jayantha Jayewardene described the animal's treatment as inhumane.
"Obviously the animal is severely under-nourished, it is close to death", Jayewardene told AFP.
"Owners parade their elephants to gain merit for themselves and not for the animal. This should never have been allowed," he said, adding he was relieved she would not be paraded.
Lek Chailert, the founder of the Save elephant Foundation, said on social media that spectators do not realise how weak Tikiri was because she was covered in an elaborate costume.
"No one sees her bony body or her weakened condition, because of her costume," Chailert said. "No one sees the tears in her eyes, injured by the bright lights that decorate her mask, no one sees her difficulty to step as her legs are short shackled while she walks."
The Temple of the Tooth, Buddhism's holiest shrine on the island, holds the annual festival with traditional drummers and dancers as well as nearly 100 tamed elephants.
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