Su­ma­tran jumbo ‘poi­soned’ in palm plan­ta­tion

Gulf Times - - AUSTRALASIA/EAST ASIA -

A crit­i­cally en­dan­gered ele­phant has been found dead in a palm oil plan­ta­tion on In­done­sia’s Su­ma­tra is­land in what is sus­pected to be a de­lib­er­ate poi­son­ing, an of­fi­cial said yes­ter­day. The 10-year-old fe­male Su­ma­tran ele­phant was found in Jambo Reuhat vil­lage in North Aceh on Thurs­day — the third of its species to be found dead of sus­pected poi­son­ing in the same palm plan­ta­tion since 2015. “We found fruits and a pouch with traces of pow­der in­side the an­i­mal,” Aceh con­ser­va­tion cen­tre head Sapto Aji Prabowo said. “We sus­pect the death was caused by de­lib­er­ate poi­son­ing,” he added.

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