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Borneo pygmy elephant death tests lay blame on unidentified toxin

A pygmy elephant calf near its dead mother in Gunung Rara forest reserve, Malaysia, in January 2013.
A pygmy elephant calf near its dead mother in Gunung Rara forest reserve, Malaysia, in January 2013.


2013-04-20 - Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
After three months, officials still don´t know for certain what killed at least 14 Bornean elephants (Elephas maximus borneensis) in the Malaysian state of Sabah. However tests do indicate that the herd perished from a "caustic intoxicant," possibly ingested accidentally or just as easily intentionally poisoned. A distinct subspecies, Bornean elephants are the world´s smallest with a population that has fallen to around 2,000 on the island.



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