Officials in Malaysia are at a loss to explain the mysterious deaths of ten Borneo pygmy elephants. Poaching does not appear to be involved, and none of the animals had gunshot wounds. The bodies of the elephants were found near one another, and one surviving calf was discovered trying to wake its dead mother. All are believed to be from the same family group.
The leading hypothesis at the moment is that the elephants were poisoned, either intentionally or inadvertently. Sabah environmental minister Masidi Manjun has vowed to personally see that the perpetrators are brought to justice and face harsh penalties if investigators find that these severely endangered creatures were killed maliciously.
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