Female Borneo elephant found death, assumed to be poisoned

By Sabah Senior Correspondent MRA @ Mohd Ridzal Abdullah


LAHAD DATU: A female borneo elephant was found fatal in a farm around Malua area, assumed due to poisoning.

The fatal elephant was found on April 8 by a team of officers from Sabah Wildlife Department (JHL).

The team then started to probe the cause of death on April 9 right away after finding the elephant at the location.

Sabah Wildlife Department Director Augustine Tuuga said that after receiving a report, his team was sent to the location, with a probe on the following day.

He said that the female elephant believed to be aged between 5 to 10 years old.

“From our preliminary investigation, there is no signs of physical beating, however the inner organ mainly liver is found to be swollen.

“Also we noticed there is an internal bleeding within the kidney area of the elephant.

“However, the stomach area of the elephant is seen to be normal, but certain areas beneath the stomach is seen to be swollen,” he said via a statement.

Augustine said the post-mortem has been done and his team will take samples from the elephant to be tested further in other relevant department.

Generally, based on a preliminary finding, the elephant is believed to have succumbed to food poisoning and additional probe is still underway, he said.