By ILONA ANDREW
KOTA KINABALU: A female adult Bornean elephant that was found dead at a plantation in Bagahak, Lahad Datu on Wednesday (Feb 12) was believed to have suffered from acute poisoning.
This was concluded after a team of vets and wildlife officials conducted a post-mortem on the elephant, according to a post-mortem report issued by Sabah Wildlife Department today (Feb 14).
It was reported that the elephant had been dead estimated more than 72 hours before its carcass was found.
The elephant was approximately 30 to 35 years old.
“The cause of death is suspected for acute poisoning as the liver is enlarged (hepatomegaly) and based on classical signs of poisoning – blood coming out from the orifice of rectum, mouth, and ear,” the report stated.
The post-mortem diognasis also revealed that all of the elephant’s organs were in moderately decomposed state, and that no external injuries were found.
There have been five elephant deaths in Sabah so far, since the beginning of the year of 2020.
The Sabah government recently approved the Sabah State Elephant Action Plan 2020-2029 for the conservation of the dwindling Bornean elephant population.