Pygmy elephant with unique 'sabre' tusks found killed in Malaysia

The elephant was rescued from a plantation in Tawau about three months ago.
The elephant was rescued from a plantation in Tawau about three months ago.PHOTO: DANAU GIRANG FIELD CENTRE
The elephant is believed to have been killed around Nov 20, 2016.
The elephant is believed to have been killed around Nov 20, 2016.PHOTO: DANAU GIRANG FIELD CENTRE

KOTA KINABALU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Conservationists entered the New Year in shock as a Borneo pygmy elephant with unique "sabre" tusks was found brutally killed.

The elephant had actually been rescued from a plantation in Tawau three months earlier and fitted with a satellite collar as part of efforts to monitor its movements.

The animal's skeletal remains were found in the Segama conservation area on the eve of New Year, hardly a week after another elephant was found dead in the same area.

In a Facebook post on Sunday (Jan 1), the Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC) said that based on information from the satellite collar, the unique sabre-tusked elephant might have been killed on Nov 20.

The elephant's remains and the satellite collar were discovered on Saturday morning.

When contacted DGFC director Dr Benoit Goossens said the remains were found by a DGFC and Wildlife Rescue Unit team about 1.5km away from where the other elephant was found on Dec 26.

Sabah Wildlife Department director Augustine Tuuga could not be immediately reached for comment over the incident.