Dead elephant found in Lahad Datu died from acute poisoning

14 Feb 2020 / 16:33 H.

LAHAD DATU: An adult female elephant whose carcass was found at Bagahak 1 plantation here on Wednesday was believed to have died of acute poisoning.

Lahad Datu Wildlife Department officer Sylvester Saimin said a veterinary team from the Sabah Wildlife Department and Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre (SORC) led by Dr Nabila Sarkawi (SORC) conducted a post-mortem on the carcass at about 2.30pm yesterday and took some samples for the Chemistry Department.

“The elephant, estimated to be between 30 to 35 years old, is believed to have been dead more than 72 hours before it was discovered at about 10am by the plantation management.

“The cause of death in this case is suspected to be acute poisoning as the liver is enlarged (hepatomegaly) and based on classical signs of poisoning (with ) blood coming out from the orifices,“ he told reporters here today.

Sylvester said when the carcass was found, there were no external injuries which could be seen and blood was coming out from the rectum, mouth and ear.

He added further investigations will determine the source of poisoning.

Yesterday, the State Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Christina Liew said with the latest case in Bagahak 1 Plantation, there have been five elephant deaths in Sabah for the first two months of 2020. - Bernama

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