Another elephant dies in Sabah, making it 26th case reported in the state this year

Olivia Miwil

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah recorded its 26th elephant death for this year as a juvenile male succumbed to snare trap injuries while undergoing treatment at Borneon Elephant Sanctuary in Kinabatangan this morning. State Wildlife Department spokesman Siti Nur’ain Ampuan Acheh said the juvenile male elephant, aged about 5, was rescued at Ulu Segama Forest Reserve in Lahad Datu on Tuesday. “A team consisted of a veterinarian and wildlife rangers was dispatched to the location to rescue the injured elephant. “They managed to capture the elephant and initiated treatment,” she said in a statement, adding the elephant was weak and had suffered a severe and deep wound which already reached the bone of left front leg. She added further treatment was supposed to be done at the sanctuary but it did not respond well to the treatment and died at 8.40am this morning. “Post mortem was conducted to determine the cause of death. “Findings revealed that the elephant died due to septicemia which originated from the severe snare trap injury.” On Thursday, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal had ordered the state Tourism, Culture, Environment Minister Christina Liew and Agriculture and Food Industry Junz Wong to hold special meetings with plantation owners on the issue. The initiative is to engage plantation workers to help with the fight against poaching and killing in their areas. Liew had said a special unit will be formed when experts from the United States arrive to address elephants poaching and killing issues in Sabah. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd