Sumatran elephant found dead and possibly poisoned

The Sumatran elephant, a critically endangered species, and its calf have been found dead on the eastern Indonesian island of Sumatra, a Nature Conservation Service official said Thursday, who suspected their poisoning.

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The corpse of the female, who was in her 22nd month of pregnancy, was discovered near a palm plantation in Riau province, on the island of Sumatra which is home to the threat of this subspecies, one of the rarest in the world. Globalism.

A farm worker working on the farm found the elephant dead and immediately reported it to the authorities. The latter took samples and performed an autopsy before burial.

“We estimate that the female elephant was approximately 25 years old and during autopsy examinations we found that she was pregnant and about to give birth,” said Hartono, head of regional services for the Natural Resources Conservation Agency.




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Hartono, who like many Indonesians, said specialists are analyzing the samples to determine the cause of death.

They suspect poisoning, as the mother had foam in her mouth when it was discovered.

In recent years, elephants have been found dead in the province, victims of poisoning or poaching. In 2019, a Sumatran elephant was decapitated and its tusks ripped off.

According to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Sumatran elephants are considered a critically endangered species with a population of only 2,400 to 2,800 individuals.

The destruction of Sumatra elephants’ natural habitats as a result of deforestation has led to conflicts with farmers who blame them for causing the damage.

Elephants are also victims of poaching, where smugglers covet their tusks.

The Sumatran elephant, a critically endangered species, and its calf have been found dead on the eastern Indonesian island of Sumatra, a Nature Conservation Service official said Thursday, who suspected their poisoning.

The corpse of the female, who was in her 22nd month of pregnancy, was discovered near a palm plantation in Riau province, on the island of Sumatra which is home to the threat of this subspecies, one of the rarest in the world. Globalism.

A farm worker working on the farm found the elephant dead and immediately reported it to the authorities. The latter took samples and performed an autopsy before burial.




France Press agency

“We estimate that the female elephant was approximately 25 years old and during autopsy examinations we found that she was pregnant and about to give birth,” said Hartono, head of regional services for the Natural Resources Conservation Agency.

Hartono, who like many Indonesians, said specialists are analyzing the samples to determine the cause of death.

They suspect poisoning, as the mother had foam in her mouth when it was discovered.

In recent years, elephants have been found dead in the province, victims of poisoning or poaching. In 2019, a Sumatran elephant was decapitated and its tusks ripped off.

According to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Sumatran elephants are considered a critically endangered species with a population of only 2,400 to 2,800 individuals.

The destruction of Sumatra elephants’ natural habitats as a result of deforestation has led to conflicts with farmers who blame them for causing the damage.

Elephants are also victims of poaching, where smugglers covet their tusks.

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