Unfortunately, the elephant calf that was rescued in Sumatra died after losing half of its trunk due to falling into a trap of poachers, In Indonesia. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the female was a subspecies of the Asian elephant, which is “critically endangered.”
The one-year-old calf fell into a trap on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. It was found very weak with a trap still embedded in its trunk on Sunday in Alue Meuraksa, a forested town in Aceh Jaya district, said Agus Arianto, head of the conservation agency. from Aceh province.
“This was obviously intended to poach endangered animals to make money. We will cooperate with law enforcement agencies in an investigation,” Agus mentioned a couple of days ago. Arianto said that hethe calf was apparently left behind by the pack because he couldn’t move.
On Monday they had to cut half of his tube because if he had not done so he would have contracted an infection. The authorities explained that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused an increase in poaching in Sumatra, because the villagers resort to this practice to have some income in the home.
An endangered and heavily hunted species
In July, a headless elephant was found in a palm plantation in East Aceh. Police arrested a suspected poacher along with four people accused of buying ivory from the dead animal. This practice the population has decreased a lot of elephants.
In Sumatra, 25 have died in the last nine years in East Aceh district alone; The International Union for Conservation of Nature has raised the Sumatran elephant’s status from endangered to critically endangered on its Red List, as Sumatra’s elephant population has dropped from 1,300 in 2014 to 693, almost 50 % less in the last seven years.
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