Baby elephant slain on Malaysian highway

Tragic incident The young elephant that was found dead on the Gerik Jeli Highway

Tragic incident The young elephant that was found dead on the Gerik Jeli Highway

A two-year-old elephant was found dead in a pool of blood by the roadside of the Gerik-Jeli Highway in Gerik, some 130km from Ipoh.

In a Facebook post, MEME said, "We are devastated to see a baby elephant killed by a auto at Gerik-Jeli Highway".

Alicia Solana Mena of MEME said: "We are devastated to see a baby elephant killed by a vehicle at Gerik-Jeli Highway".

"Wild elephants have already lost so much of their forests and more of them are coming out to find food like grass, palm trees, and bamboo", Campos-Arceiz continued.

The Perak Department of Wildlife and National Parks said that there are signboards to notify drivers that there are elephant crossings along the highway and warned drivers to be careful when driving, especially early in the morning and late at night, The Star reported.

Ecotourism and Conservation Society Malaysia (Ecomy) co-founder and chief executive officer Andrew Sebastian said the particular stretch of the highway itself should be viewed as a heritage road with potential for ecotourism.

Mr Loo also urged motorists throughout the country to report to their respective state Perhilitan if they knocked into any endangered or protected species like elephants, tigers, tapirs or leopards.

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