Monday, 8 September 2014

Two rare Indonesian elephants found dead without tusks

Two critically-endangered Sumatran elephants have been found dead in Indonesia's Aceh province with their tusks missing, police said Monday.

The first was found in a palm oil plantation in East Aceh district on Sunday, while the other was discovered in Aceh Jaya district on Friday, Aceh police spokesman Gustav Leo told AFP.

"Officials are still on the way to retrieve the carcass in the latest case," he said.

"But officials have examined the elephant found on Friday and found traces of poison in its faeces," he added.

"We suspect poachers could have poisoned the elephants' food and then wait(ed) for them to die before removing the tusks," he said.

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