KOTA KINABALU: Another adult bull pygmy elephant has been found shot dead with its tusks missing, this time at a plantation in Beluran district, some 210km from here.
The elephant had several gunshot injuries compared to the more than 70 bullet wounds found on an adult male pygmy in east coast Tawau district on Sept 25.
Sabah Wildlife Department director Augustine Tuuga said the carcass of the pygmy elephant was discovered by plantation workers on Saturday (Oct 19) morning.
"Our team of vets and rangers went to conduct a post-mortem and investigations in the evening after the discovery," he said when contacted Sunday (Oct 20).
He said he has yet to get full details on the post-mortem results.
"From what we know, the elephant was shot dead and had its two tusks removed," he said.
Tuuga said investigators are working closely with security forces to find the culprits.
It is learnt that the elephant has been dead for at least three days.
On the investigations on five elephant killer suspects nabbed in connection with the previous Tawau incident, he said they will proceed to prosecute them soon.
"We are now almost done and are just getting all the investigation papers sorted out," he said.
Last month, anglers at Sungai Udin, Tawau discovered the carcass of the bull elephant which was initially thought to be a young female due to the state it was in.
Investigators later found that it was an adult, believed to be 30 years old, riddled with over 70 bullet wounds and with its two tusks sawn off.
The suspects, including an officer and two Felda settlers, were arrested on Oct 2 in Felda Umas and Ladang Dumpas.
The arrests also led to the seizure of five guns, including three homemade shotguns, 53 bullet shell casings, 59 live ammunition and two elephant tusks hidden in Felda Umas cooperative’s farm.
In a statement later, Felda said it would not compromise on the act of brutality against wildlife.