Another elephant dies in Sabah

The 5-year-old elephant which succumbed to injuries while being transported to an elephant sanctuary.

KOTA KINABALU: Another elephant in Sabah has died, more than a week after it was found injured by a snare trap in a forest reserve, bringing the total number of elephant deaths in the state this year to 26.

The male elephant, aged about 5 years, died while he was being transported to the Borneo Elephant Sanctuary (BES) for further treatment.

On Aug 20, he was rescued at the Ulu Segama Forest Reserve in Lahad Datu after he was found injured.

Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) said a veterinarian and several rangers were dispatched to the location to rescue the elephant.

“He was found to have suffered a severe and deep wound which already reached the bone. The elephant also had a very poor body condition and seemed weak,” said SWD spokesperson Siti Nur’Ain Ampuan Acheh.

She said the further treatment was supposed to be done at BES in Kinabatangan.

“Unfortunately it did not respond well to the treatment and died while being transported there at 8.40am today,” she said.

SWD director Augustine Tuuga said they were investigating the manager of an adjoining plantation over the latest death.