Three elephants were found dead near an oil palm plantation in Kluang, Johor on Tuesday morning. The authorities found the carcasses after being notified by villagers who stumbled upon the poor animals.
Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar believed that the elephants, which aged between 18 to 22 years old were being poisoned. He also said that post-mortem is to be conducted on the animals to identify the cause of death indicated there may be criminal elements involved.
“Nonetheless, the type of poison imbibed is still unknown as the samples of the liver and kidney of three elephants have to be sent to the Chemistry Department for analysis.
“The results of the toxicology analysis to identify the poison which caused the death of the three female elephants would be out in three months,” he continued in a statement given on Wednesday.
Xavier said Wildlife and National Parks Department would be cooperating with the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) to make it a condition for install electric fencing in oil palm plantations near the forest reserve to prevent the wild elephants from damaging plantations and the village areas.
The ministry urged parties with information on the death of the three elephants to call the Wildlife and National Parks Department.