27 Mar '11, 11am

Rare elephant found dead in Indonesia - Straits Times

JAKARTA - A RARE Sumatran elephant has died in Indonesia after blocking a village street for a week, an official said Sunday. The female elephant was in a 'weak condition' after becoming separated from its herd about a week ago in Bengkalis district, Riau province, conservation agency official Adit Gunawan told AFP. 'It was hungry. We gave it food, water and medical attention. We tried our best to nurse it back to health but it wasn't getting better and died on Saturday evening,' he said. An autopsy to determine the cause of death is being carried out, he said. Antara state news agency reported that the elephant, along with her two calves, had been blocking a tarred road near a housing complex since last Monday. The elephant could have been poisoned, the report added. However Gunawan said there was only one calf, which would be taken to the agency's elephant training centr...

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