December 3, 2021

Baby elephant dies after losing half its trunk in poacher’s trap

“We did our best to help it.”

Baby elephant dies after losing half its trunk in poacher’s trap

Baby elephant dies after losing half its trunk in poacher’s trap photo credit: BBC

A baby Sumatran elephant died after losing half its trunk to a trap set by poachers in Indonesia.

The critically endangered baby elephant was left behind by its herd after it was caught in a poachers trap. The baby elephant was found by villagers in the town of Aceh Jaya and was brought to a conservation agency to be treated.

Conservation officials said that they tried to save its life by amputating its trunk but the baby elephant died due to an infection two days later.

“We couldn’t save it because the injury was severe and infected,” Agus Arianto, head of the Aceh Natural Resources Conservation Agency said. “We did our best to help it.”

The Sumatran elephant is considered a critically endangered species due to rapid rates of deforestation in its natural habitat of Borneo and Sumatra.

Male elephants are especially vulnerable to poachers because of their highly-prized tusks, which are sold on the illegal ivory market.

Sources: BBC, NY Post

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