A baby elephant was killed by a car on a highway in Malaysia, said conservation group Management & Ecology of Malaysian Elephants (MEME) on Sunday (18 June).
According to a report by The Star, state officers found the dead two-year-old elephant in a pool of blood at around 7am last Friday (16 June).
In a Facebook post, MEME said, “We are devastated to see a baby elephant killed by a car at Gerik-Jeli Highway. Drivers please slow down at roads with wildlife crossings.
“Be mindful of our forest friends. Let’s not cause them any more harm. They have already lost so much when we took their forest to build roads on”.
Perak Department of Wildlife and National Parks director Loo Kean Seong said, “While incidents like this do not happen often, we would like motorists to be extra careful when driving along this highway. We have already erected signboards to notify motorists that there would be elephant crossings along the stretch of the highway.”
Motorists in Malaysia are advised to report any cases of endangered species being knocked down to the relevant authorities. “This is so that we can at least investigate and bury the carcass instead of leaving it to rot at the roadside,” Loo said.