On Tuesday, a baby elephant died after losing half her trunk to a trap set by poachers in Indonesia.
A baby elephant died after losing half her trunk. It was trapped, in a trap, set by those who prey on the endangered species.
We added a lot of effort from our side to amputate and treat the wounds. Despite it, the baby elephant died.
The head of the Aceh province’s conservation agency, Agus Arianto, said “We have tried our best, but it can not be, helped. “Its trunk was getting rotten and no longer functioning.”
The island has 700 wild Sumatran elephants, and she was one of them. According to conservation officials, the 1-year-old female was found very weak with a snare still embedded in her almost-severed trunk on Sunday in Alue Meuraksa, a forested village in the Aceh Jaya district.
Arianto told reporters that on Monday, wildlife officers amputated half of the trunk in a life-or-death operation at an elephant training centre near Banda Aceh, the provincial capital.
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According to Rika Marwati, a veterinarian at the centre, the baby elephant, was looking fine, and it was moving actively, but her sudden death was shocking. She further told, “She suddenly fell ill from stress and infection late Monday, and by morning she was reported dead.”
Arianto said the number of dead Sumatran elephants, has reached 25 in the past nine years. They died due to being snared and poisoned.
In east Aceh, an elephant, was found without its head at a palm plantation. Police arrested a suspected poacher along with four people accused of buying ivory from the dead animal.
The IUCN (The International Union for Conservation of Nature) raised the status of the Sumatran elephants from endangered to critically endangered in its 2012 Red List. Because of the drop in their population.
Sumatran elephant population has shrunk from 1,300 in 2014 to 693. According to the Indonesian forestry and environment ministry data. It’s nearly 50% in the past seven years. Sumatran elephants are one of two species of the large mammal in the world. The subspecies of the Asian elephant.