02 Apr '11, 10am

Rare elephant found dead in Indonesia

JAKARTA: A rare Sumatran elephant has been found dead on a palm oil plantation in the island's Riau province, an Indonesian official said Saturday, with poisoning suspected. The elephant was the second to die in Bengkalis district in a week. "A female elephant, about 17 years old, was found dead yesterday (friday) at a palm oil plantation. It could have been dead for three days before we found it," Riau province conservation agency official Adit Gunawan told AFP. "An autopsy is being carried out. There's a possibility that the elephant was poisoned by humans," he said. On Sunday, a female elephant died in Bengkalis district after blocking a village street for a week. Officials said it could have died because of stress, lack of food, or poisoning. There are at most 3,350 Sumatran elephants remaining in the wild, according to the environmental group WWF. Conflicts between hu...

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