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Little ponies roam at Naval Dockyard

Trincomalee has won the world’s fame due to its scenic natural harbour. Lying at the centre of the Koddiyar Bay, the iconic harbour is surrounded by a range of sprawling mountains. Several historic and large bases belonging to the Sri Lanka Navy are also located adjacent to the strategically important Trincomalee harbour. The SLN Dockyard, the nerve centre of the SLN, takes a prominent place among them.

The Dockyard is also home to several rare species of flora as well as fauna, which include deer, sambur, and a number of other animals. Its beauty has now been enhanced by the latest addition of two baby ponies.

Delft island in the northern peninsula is the birth place of these ponies, who are also known as ‘wild horses’. Delft is incidentally reputed to hold the highest density of ponies in the island. As a fulfilment of an idea mooted by the then Commander Eastern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Rohan Amarasinghe (retd), three pairs of Delft ponies were brought to Trincomalee. They were first ferried from Delft to Jaffna by sea, and then transported to Trincomalee by road. The long journey was supervised by then Commanding Officer of SLNS Tissa, Captain Janaka Nissanka and assistance was also sought from a Superintendent of Police with expertise in horses and a veterinary surgeon for the successful completion of the task. The entire process of the transportation took place with the due permission received from the Department of Wild Life.

Those ponies now live a healthy life in the Naval Dockyard, which offers them a much more conducive habitat than Delft.

They welcomed two new members on 06th and 23rd August. They are two female foals who now roam free in the Dockyard premises, relishing the loving care of the naval personnel, who are delighted by their playful presence.