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Jumbo found shot dead in Tawau
Published on: Friday, November 17, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: Yet another Borneo Pygmy Elephant was found dead from bullet wounds at an oil palm estate at a plantation near Kalabakan in Tawau.

The bull elephant, with its tusks intact, was likely shot by poachers said, Sabah Wildlife Department Director Augustine Tuuga, Thursday.

"The tusk is still intact and post-mortem result found three bullets on the carcass. The elephant could have been shot elsewhere and fled.

"We are trying to track down the culprit and are also looking for those who witnessed the shooting incident, so they can furnish us with information," he said.

In August, plantation workers also spotted an adult Bornean pygmy elephant struggling for its life after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds in an oil palm plantation the Malua Forest Reserve in Kinabatangan.

The adult female elephant, however, succumbed to its injuries.

An elephant carcass was found in a plantation near Dumpas in Kalabakan and weeks later another was found floating along the Kinabatangan river close to the Danau Girang Field Research Centre.

Both carcasses were found without their tusks.

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