Pygmy elephant injured by Lahad Datu snare trap recovering

Avila Geraldine

KOTA KINABALU: A Borneo pygmy elephant found with a severe snare trap injury to one of its front legs has shown signs of improvement after being treated by the Wildlife Rescue Unit from the Sabah Wildlife Department.

The snare trap had caused a two-inch deep wound on the male pachyderm’s front leg which had become infested with maggots.

The department’s public relations officer, Siti Nur’ain Ampuan Acheh, said most areas of the wound are already healing, but the prognosis is still guarded.

“General treatments have been given to the elephant and topical wound management will continue.

“Its general condition, such as hydration and appetite, will be observed as the injury still needs time to fully heal,” she said in a statement.

Siti added that the elephant, aged between 7 and 9, will be transferred to the Borneo Elephant Sanctuary for further treatment and observation.

On Tuesday, Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Christina Liew revealed that yet another elephant had been found injured by a snare trap.

The pachyderm was rescued at Taliwas, Lahad Datu, on Tuesday afternoon. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd