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Another pygmy elephant found dead in Kinabatangan
Published on: Saturday, December 28, 2019
By: Mardinah Jikur
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KINABATANGAN: A five-year-old pygmy elephant was found dead (pic) in Block 95R, M4 of Malangking Plantation in Sukau, near here, on Wednesday.

District Police Chief Supt Dzulbaharin Ismail said the Wildlife Department here received public information about an elephant wandering along the plantation road in an unstable condition prior to the discovering of the carcass.

He said a complainant went to the plantation to verify public information about the said elephant.

“On the same day, at about 3.4opm, the complainant discovered a dead male pygmy elephant about five years old at the plantation roadside.

“The complainant lodged a police report at the Kinabatangan police station at 8.05am on Thursday.

“Acting on the police report, the police investigated the incident together with the State Wildlife Department here and Kota Kinabalu Veterinary Unit,” he said, Friday.

Dzulbaharin said an autopsy was also carried out at the scene and an inspection of the elephant’s carcass showed no injuries or gunshot wounds to all parts of the body.

He said the elephant was believed to have died of germ infection of the lungs.

“Seven samples were also taken for analysis purposes at the Department of Chemistry Malaysia to identify the real cause of the elephant’s death.

“The case is being investigated under Section 37 of the Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1987,” Dzulbaharin said.

Meanwhile, an elephant calf estimated to be a month old that was trapped inside a hole under a broken bridge was rescued by a Wildlife Rescue Unit (WRU) team, the State Wildlife Department and public upon receiving a report from Melangking plantation Friday morning 

According to a reliable source, prior to the incident, there was heavy rain and a bridge had broken. It was also learnt that a herd of elephants passed through the bridge and the elephant calf got trapped in the hole.



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