Tragedy along highway: Perhilitan rangers checking the scene where the carcass of the female elephant was found near Tasik Banding in Gerik.
IPOH: In another blow to Malaysian wildlife, a two-tonne elephant has been found dead – this time, electrocuted by a live wire from roadworks.
The female pachyderm was believed to be rummaging for food when it was electrocuted after destroying a cabin set up by contractors carrying out roadworks near Tasik Banding in Gerik.
The 40-year-old elephant might have been pregnant or recently given birth as it was producing milk.
Perak Wildlife and National Parks principal assistant director Wan Shaharuddin Wan Nordin said the elephant was found dead at about 7.30am yesterday although it could have been electrocuted much earlier.
“We immediately alerted Tenaga Nasional Bhd to disconnect the supply,” he said, adding that no criminal element was found in the case.
The deaths of a sun bear and a tapir due to road accidents on Christmas Eve have alarmed conservationists. The carcass of the tapir was later skinned by a group of men.
Last year, a calf and a 10-year-old elephant were killed by vehicles along the Gerik-Jeli Highway.
Read more: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/01/03/female-elephant-found-electrocuted/#sDQlahVJJ30OvDbS.99