The Jakarta Post
The Aceh Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA Aceh) has started investigating the death of a Sumatran elephant found at an oil palm plantation in Ranto Peureulak in East Aceh regency, Aceh – the second case of its kind this month.
The male Sumatran elephant was 4 or 5 years old, BKSDA Aceh head Agus Arianto said.
“We do not yet know the cause of the death,” he said as reported by tempo.co on Thursday.
Veterinarians of the agency immediately conducted a necropsy to determine the cause of death. BKSDA Aceh also coordinated with local police to check the areas surrounding the location of the dead elephant.
This marks the second finding of a dead Sumatran elephant in Aceh. Earlier this month, local residents found a decaying elephant carcass at a production forest in Kerung Baung village in Peunaroen district, also in East Aceh regency.