The trunk of an elephant trapped in a hunter-gatherer net in Indonesia has been severed, after which it died of an infection.
This Sumatra elephant was separated from its herd by an adult child and trapped by a hunter.
Villagers in Achche Jaya province saw the baby elephant and handed it over to the Animal Welfare Agency for treatment.
The agency said it had cut the elephant’s trunk in half to save the cub and that it had died within two days of the infection spreading.
“We tried our best. He was seriously injured and infected, and we could not save him,” said Agus Ariando, head of the Aceh Natural Resources Conservation Agency.
Sumatran elephants are considered one of the endangered species found in the jungles of Borneo and Sumatra, Indonesia. Due to deforestation, their numbers continue to decline.
Apart from this, the number of male elephants hunting for ivory is also declining. These ivory are sold in the illegal market.
The death of a baby elephant is the latest in a string of incidents in which elephants have been killed by poachers in recent days. In July this year, the body of an adult elephant was found near the forest with its teeth removed.
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