KLUANG: The carcass of an adult female tapir has been found along Jalan Padang Tembak here.
Johor Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) director Salman Saaban said the carcass was discovered by passersby at around 8am on Thursday (Jan 16).
He added that personnel from the Kluang Perhilitan office went to the location to conduct an investigation.
"The carcass was left at the side of the road. It is estimated to be seven years old and weighs around 350kg. There were injury marks found on the animal's head, where the mouth was bloody and foamy.
"The department suspects it was hit by a vehicle, which caused its death," he said in a statement here on Friday (Jan 17).
Salman said based on information given, the tapir was hit at midnight on Wednesday (Jan 15).
He added that the road was very dark at night, and the driver might not have realised that a tapir was crossing the road.
"The carcass has already been disposed off by burying it at Ladang Mados near Tanah Abang in Mersing after getting cooperation from the land-owner," he said.
Salman said this was the third case of a tapir dying after being hit with a vehicle in Johor in January alone.
He pointed out that the first case occurred on Jan 5 at Batu 20 along Jalan Kota Tinggi-Mersing while the second incident on Jan 13 was along Jalan Tanjung Balau-Sedili Kecil.
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