Ele­phant be­lieved poi­soned to death

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - Front Page -

LAHAD DATU: An adult fe­male ele­phant whose car­cass was found at Ba­ga­hak 1 plan­ta­tion here on Wed­nes­day was be­lieved to have died of acute poi­son­ing.

Lahad Datu Wildlife Depart­ment officer Sylvester Saimin said a vet­eri­nary team from the Sabah Wildlife Depart­ment and Sepi­lok Orangutan Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre (SORC) led by Dr Na­bila Sarkawi (SORC) con­ducted a post-mortem on the car­cass at about 2.30 pm on Thurs­day and took some sam­ples for the Chem­istry Depart­ment.

“The ele­phant, es­ti­mated to be be­tween 30 to 35 years old, is be­lieved to have been dead more than 72 hours be­fore it was dis­cov­ered at about 10 a.m. by the plan­ta­tion man­age­ment.

“The cause of death in this case is sus­pected to be acute poi­son­ing as the liver is en­larged (hep­atomegaly) and based on clas­si­cal signs of poi­son­ing (with) blood com­ing out from the ori­fices,” he told re­porters here yes­ter­day.

Sylvester said when the car­cass was found, there were no ex­ter­nal in­juries which could be seen and blood was com­ing out from the rec­tum, mouth and ear.

He added fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions will de­ter­mine the source of poi­son­ing.

On Thurs­day, Deputy Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Christina Liew said with the lat­est case in Ba­ga­hak 1 Plan­ta­tion, there have been five ele­phant deaths in Sabah for the first two months of 2020.

Early this month, the re­mains of two adult fe­male ele­phants were found in Ladang Sen­tosa Sukau and Ladang Tongku­lap bor­der­ing Der­makot in San­dakan.

In Jan­uary, the car­cass of an ele­phant was found buried in Lower Kin­abatan­gan.

Last year, the Wildlife Depart­ment recorded 25 cases of ele­phant deaths, some killed by poach­ers while a few were found to have been poi­soned.

Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Pan­glima Mohd Shafie Ap­dal said the Tiger Pla­toon from the Gen­eral Op­er­a­tions Force would con­tinue to be de­ployed this year to pro­tect the wildlife in Sabah.

He said the State Gov­ern­ment took the death of ele­phants se­ri­ously to the ex­tent that the armed forces, namely the Tiger Pla­toon, was de­ployed last year.

The car­cass of adult fe­male ele­phants which was found dead in Ba­ga­hak 1 plan­ta­tion on Wed­nes­day.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.