Sumatran elephants found dead

2015-10-16 07:07
The body of critically-endangered Sumatran elephant after it was found dead from suspected poisoning in the forest near Panggong village, in Aceh Jaya, Aceh province. (Aceh Province Forest Protection Agency, Awir Belo, AFP)

The body of critically-endangered Sumatran elephant after it was found dead from suspected poisoning in the forest near Panggong village, in Aceh Jaya, Aceh province. (Aceh Province Forest Protection Agency, Awir Belo, AFP)

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Banda Aceh - Two endangered Sumatran elephants have been found dead in Indonesia's Aceh province and are believed to have been poisoned.

The head of the local Conservation and Natural Resources Agency, Genman Suhefti Hasibuan, says Thursday the carcasses were discovered by locals in a forest about 7km from their village in Aceh's Jaya district.

The two females, 2 years and 15 years of age, were estimated to have died two or three days before they were found on Wednesday, Hasibuan said. He added that there were no indications of violence or gunshot wounds on the carcasses.

The agency will investigate the deaths in co-operation with the police.

At least five Sumatran elephants have been found dead this year in Aceh, after 11 deaths last year.

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