Pygmy elephants are slowly heading towards extinction. Less than fifteen hundred of these wild beasts remain.
The sad thing is, no one is making an effort to save them.
While some of these elephants are dying due to natural causes, many of them become victims of brutal violent acts, and their most recent casualty proves that.
Recently, a group of travelers in Malaysia came across a dead pygmy elephant near Borneo Island.
Initially, they thought that the creature was alive because it seemed like it was drinking water.
However, its body remained stationary for an extended period, making the travelers realize that something was off.
They went close to the animal to probe it with a stick.
However, it did not come to that as they witnessed more than seventy bullet holes on its rotting corpse.
They immediately informed the authorities about this, and the local wildlife department wasted no time in arriving reaching the location.
The professionals were as shocked as the travelers were as the wounds on the elephant’s body indicated that it suffered for hours before losing its life.
However, the team didn’t jump to conclusions and took the body to their lab for performing a comprehensive post-mortem.
Retrieving The Body
Pygmy elephants are significantly heftier than your average elephants. Their bodies are broader, and trunks are longer too.
The wildlife team faced a massive challenge in retrieving this creature’s body, as half of it was underwater.
They had to bring an enormous crane and attach several cables to its corpse to pull it out and carry it to the laboratory.
The people present at the location created even more problems for the professionals as they wanted to take pictures and make videos of the lifeless animal.
Fortunately, the local authorities cleared the scene and allowed the wildlife team to do their job without any disruption.
People who captured the animal’s images to get their fifteen seconds of fame got something else entirely.