The bodies of the highly endangered Borneo elephants were all near to each other and poisoning appears to be the likely cause, probably with pesticides.
They may have ingested poison spread by oil palm plantation workers to keep “pests” from eating the palm fruit, said the wildlife director of the Malaysian state of Sabah on Borneo island.
A Heartbreaking picture of a baby elephant nuzzling the dead mother is circulating around the world. Most probably he will die too.
Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman wants the State Wildlife Department to immediately investigate the death of the elephants. “This is unacceptable. I want no stones left unturned in this matter. The culprits must be brought to justice,” he told reporters.