A Critically endangered Sumatran elephant has been found decapitated with its tusks missing in Indonesia, the conservation agency said Monday, as it opened a poaching investigation.
On Sunday, The rotting carcass was discovered at a palm oil plantation in Sumatra’s Aceh region and a subsequent autopsy found that the animal had also been poisoned.
“The remains of the wild elephant were found in a tragic condition with its head gone,” Said Rosa Rika Wahyuni, a doctor at the Aceh conservation agency.
“We found the poison in its digestive system,” she added.
It was not clear how long the male elephant, estimated to be about 12 years old, had been dead.
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