Ele­phant’s death in Ba­ga­hak caused by sus­pected posin­ing – Wildlife Dept of­fi­cer

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LA­HAD DATU: The ele­phant found dead in Ba­ga­hak 1 plan­ta­tion re­cently was sus­pected to have been poi­soned.

District Wildlife De­part­ment Of­fi­cer, Sylvester Saimin when con­tacted yes­ter­day, said a post-mortem con­ducted on the car­cass stated that the cause of death was acute poi­son­ing as the liver of the ele­phant was en­larged (hep­atomegaly).

Sylvester said it was also based on clas­si­cal signs of blood-poi­son­ing com­ing out from the ori­fice.

“The post-mortem con­ducted on Thurs­day found no ex­ter­nal in­juries and that all of the or­gans are in mod­er­ately de­com­posed state,” he said, adding that in­ves­ti­ga­tion would be car­ried out to look into the cause of the in­ci­dent.

On Wednesday, the fe­male ele­phant from the Bornean Ele­phant (Ele­phas Max­imus Borneen­sis) species was found at about 2.30pm by the plan­ta­tion worker.

The adult ele­phant, es­ti­mated to be 30 to 35 years old, was found about six kilo­me­tres from the plan­ta­tion’s of­fice and about one kilo­me­ter from the Tabin For­est Re­serve.

The car­cass of the adult fe­male ele­phant which was found dead in Ba­ga­hak 1 plan­ta­tion.

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