LAHAD DATU, June 22 (Bernama) – A baby elephant who lost his right ankle after having to be amputated due to serious injuries from a trap, was confirmed dead yesterday.
Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Jafry Ariffin said the two-year-old baby elephant’s cause of death is believed to be due to failure of the animal’s internal organs, such as the lungs, as well as to bleeding in the intestines and stomach.
“The veterinary officers try to give the best treatment to the baby elephant after the leg amputation surgery is done. This baby elephant showed good development, healthy and even ate and drank as usual, but yesterday he collapsed.
“The baby elephant tried to get up but collapsed again and around 6:15 p.m. he stopped breathing and the attending doctor confirmed his death,” he said in a statement tonight.
Jafry said the situation was very sad and he hoped the incident that injured the animals to death would not happen again.
Earlier, it was reported that the baby elephant was caught in a trap in Tungku near here last Saturday and was later rescued by the Sabah Wildlife Department rescue team with treatment including ankle surgery.