Sumatran Baby Elephant Dies After Trunk Snared In Poacher Trap

People move a baby elephant that died from injuries consistent in a trap.

Banda Aceh, Indonesia:

A critically abundant Sumatran baby elephant has died after losing half of its trunk in a poacher’s trap, Indonesian conservation officials said. 

The one-year-old calf succumbed to a harsh infection, two days after it was found by villagers in Aceh Jaya and despite later efforts to save its life by amputating the rest of its injured trunk.

“We couldn’t save it because the injury was harsh and infected,” Agus Arianto, head of the Aceh Natural Resources Conservation Agency, said Tuesday.

“We did our best to help it.”

Rampant deforestation has reduced the elephants’ habitat and brought them into increasing conflict with humans, while their tusks are prized in the illegal wildlife trade.

There have been several incidents involving pachyderm deaths over the past few years, including one in July when a Sumatran elephant was found decapitated with its tusks ripped off. 

Aceh’s conservation agency estimated the vicinity has only about 500 Sumatran elephants nevertheless living in the wild.

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