Wildlife officials probes death of female elephant

Wildlife officials probes death of female elephant

KOTA KINABALU - Wildlife officials are looking into the death of an adult female elephant discovered not far from Danum Valley.

The carcass of the elephant was found on the roadside on Monday morning by tourists who were heading to the Danum Valley Field Centre which is a prominent rainforest research establishments in the region.

Sabah Wildlife Department assistant director Dr Sen Nathan said a post-mortem was being carried out to determine its cause of death.

"There are no indications of how it died. There was no gunshot wound," he said.

A picture of the dead elephant which was posted in Facebook saw many people expressing concern that elephants were again being killed.

In January last year, 10 pgymy elephants were found dead in Tawau.

Signs showed that those elephants were poisoned but the deaths still remain a mystery as no evidence was found or arrests of culprits had been made until now.

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