KOTA KINABALU: A pygmy elephant on Sunday died of complications from a severe snare trap injury five days after it was rescued at Ulu Segama Forest Reserve, Lahad Datu.
The male juvenile elephant, aged about five years old was rescued after it was spotted with snare trap injury on its left front leg on Aug 28, according to the State Wildlife Department in a statement.
A team consisted of a veterinarian and wildlife rangers dispatched to the location to rescue the injured elephant managed to capture the elephant and initiated treatment.
The elephant was found to have suffered a severe and deep wound which already reached to the bone while its body condition was poor and weak.
Further treatment was supposed to be done at Bornean Elephant Sanctuary, Kinabatangan but unfortunately it did not respond well to the treatment.
The elephant died while being transported to the Sanctuary at 8:40am today.
The department stated that post mortem revealed the elephant died due to septicemia which originated from the severe snare trap injury.
The latest incident saw the number of elephants dying rising to 26 this year alone.
The high death toll has alarmed Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Mohd Apdal who immediately issued a directive to two state ministries to take steps to stop the senseless killings a few days ago.
State Wildlife Director, Augustine Tuuga confirmed that in this latest case the department was questioning the manager of the adjoining plantation.-SabahNewsToday