Teacher crashes, kills elephant calf in highway accident

A baby elephant in a swamp

A baby elephant in a swamp

A baby elephant was killed by a vehicle on a highway in Malaysia, said conservation group Management & Ecology of Malaysian Elephants (MEME) on Sunday (18 June).

According to a report by The Star, state officers found the dead two-year-old elephant in a pool of blood at around 7am last Friday (16 June).

MEME in their Facebook post said that the animal was killed by a vehicle.

"We believe this baby died very fast, it was hit on its head and its family was no longer there by the time we arrived", Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz, a member of Management and Ecology of Malaysian Elephants (MEME), said.

In view of the wildlife viaducts and countless articles written about the Belum-Temengor forest complex, the road and its wildlife, he said motorists must be extra careful.

"Incidents like this do not happen often", said Perak Department of Wildlife and National Parks director, Loo Kean Seong.

"Be mindful of our forest friends". Let's not cause them any more harm. "This is so that we can at least investigate and bury the carcass instead of leaving it to rot at the roadside", Loo said.

Highways across Malaysia have signs warning motorists to be aware of animals crossing roads.

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