KOTA KINABALU- The cause of death of an elephant found floating in the Kinabatangan River last weekened is not yet known.
However, following an autopsy that was done yesterday, Sabah Wildlife Department director Augustine Tuuga said no gunshot wounds were found on the elephant, believed to be about three years old.
“A post-mortem was completed at 2pm (yesterday). But no wounds were found on its body and the elephant did not die from gunshot, infact no bullets were found in the elephant’s body.
“We are still unable to ascertain the cause of death for now and we have taken samples of its internal organs for further analysis,” he said when contacted.
When asked if the elephant could have been poisoned, Augustine said they would have to wait for results from the analysis.
Last week, a photo of the dead elephant, believed to have been found at a river near the Danau Girang Research Centre in Kinabatangan, along with two voicenotes went viral on WhatsApp.
Sabah Wildlife Department then confirmed they received a report on the discovery and sent in a team which included a veterinarian to the scene.- New Straits Times