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Wild female elephant found dead in Riau

  • Rizal Harahap

    The Jakarta Post

Pekanbaru   /   Mon, February 10, 2020   /   04:48 pm
Wild female elephant found dead in Riau An adult female elephant is examined in an industrial forest concession owned by PT Arara Abadi (AA) in Koto Pait Beringin village, Bengkalis regency, Riau, on Saturday. (Riau Natural Resources Conservation Central Agency/BBKSDA Riau)

An adult female elephant has been found dead in an industrial forest concession owned by PT Arara Abadi (AA) in Koto Pait Beringin village, Bengkalis regency, Riau.

A resident found the dead elephant, which was estimated to be around 40 years old, on Friday morning and immediately made a report to district staff of PT AA.

The staff promptly went to the site to check on the carcass after receiving the report.

They, however, could not immediately approach as the dead elephant was surrounded by wild animals.

After checking on the carcass, the staff reported their finding to the Riau Natural Resources Conservation Central Agency (BBKSDA Riau).

“On Friday [Feb. 7] afternoon, BBKSDA Riau deployed an observation team to examine it. The next day, the medical team carried out a necropsy to discover the cause of the elephant’s death,” BBKSDA Riau head Suharyono, told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.

The necropsy revealed that the elephant died as a result of gastroenteritis or a chronic digestive problem.

“The illness prevented the elephant from digesting food, causing it significant weight loss,” he said.

Suharyono determined there were no signs of violence on the carcass.

“The elephant was estimated to have died five days prior to being found,” he said.

After an anatomy pathology checkup, the carcass was then buried at the site where it was found using PT AA equipment.

The discovery of the dead elephant was the second to have been made within the PT AA area in recent months.

On Nov. 18, 2019, an elephant was found dead in Tasik Serai village, Bengkalis regency. (gis)