Thursday 23 November 2017

Pygmy elephant gores woman to death

Borneo pygmy elephants are considered an endangered species (AP)
Borneo pygmy elephants are considered an endangered species (AP)

A pygmy elephant has gored to death an Australian woman in a remote area of Borneo in Malaysia.

Sabah state wildlife department director Laurentius Ambu said tourist Jenna O'Grady Donley died of her injuries after the attack at the Tabin Wildlife Reserve.

He said Ms Donley was gored as she, a friend and their Malaysian guide were trekking near a mud volcano.

Mr Ambu said Ms Donley, 25, a vet from Sydney, might have gone too close to the elephant.

Rangers are searching for the elephant and plan to drive it back into the forest.

Borneo pygmy elephants are considered endangered, with about 2,000 left in Sabah state.

The elephant that attacked Ms Donley is believed to be a near-adult, about 6ft tall.

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said an embassy official wouldprovide consular assistance.

Elephant attacks occur occasionally in Sabah, usually if the animals are disturbed, Mr Ambu said, adding that it was the first incident of its kind at the Tabin reserve. He said people should remain at least 160 feet away from wild elephants.

Elephants in the wildlife reserve are currently in a migration season, travelling to different locations in search of food.

Press Association

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