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