10 pygmy elephants found dead may have been poisoned

01/30/2013 | BBC

Over the past few weeks, eight endangered Borneo pygmy elephants from 4 to 20 years old have been found dead in the Gunung Rara Forest Reserve in Malaysia, while two others died earlier this month. Officials suspect the animals may have been deliberately poisoned. The animals' gastrointestinal tracts showed signs of acute bleeding, reserve veterinarian Sen Nathan said. Officials are awaiting test results to determine whether the animals, among fewer than 1,500 Borneo pygmy elephants thought left in the wild, were poisoned.

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