Baby elephant loses half of its trunk after falling into poachers trap

The poaching of elephants is still a problem and the latest viral case of this has caused outrage. And it is that a baby elephant was left without half of its trunk, because it fell into a trap, on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. You want to rescue him, they had to amputate his trunk to save his life from this endangered species.

It is a one year old female and is between the last wild elephants of Sumatra. She was found very weak with a trap still embedded in her trunk on Sunday in Alue Meuraksa, a forested town in Aceh Jaya district, said Agus Arianto, head of the agency de Conservation of Aceh Province.

“This was obviously intended to poaching endangered animals to earn money. We will cooperate with law enforcement agencies in an investigation, “Agus said in a statement. Arianto said the calf was apparently left behind by the herd due to deteriorating condition after being caught in the trap, allegedly set by a poacher.

A difficult decision, but they saved his life

Arianto detailed that wildlife officials they had to amputate half of his trunk on Monday to save his life; Unfortunately, authorities say the Covid-19 pandemic It has led to an increase in poaching in Sumatra as villagers resort to hunting for economic reasons.

An endangered species

In July, it was found a headless elephant in a palm plantation in East Aceh. Police arrested a suspected poacher along with four people accused of buying ivory from the dead animal. His trials are still ongoing from last month. They face up to five years in prison and a $ 7,000 fine if convicted.

The number of Sumatra elephants who have died as a result of being trapped and poisoned has reached 25 in the past nine years in the East Aceh district alone, Arianto said. The International Union for Conservation of Nature has raised the Sumatran elephant’s status from endangered to critically endangered on its 2012 Red List, primarily due to a significant population drop, as well as a loss of more than 69%. of its potential habitat in the last 25 years.

Data from the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry and Environment showed that Sumatra’s elephant population has declined from 1,300 in 2014 to 693, almost 50% less in the last seven years.


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With AP / msb information

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