LAMANRIAU.COM, PEKANBARU – An elephant was found dead in Apolo Hill, Bagan Limau Village, Ukui, Pelalawan Regency. The Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) of Riau Province claims the fat animal died of illness.
“The Sumatran elephant is estimated to die on Tuesday morning, October 26, 2021,” said Plt. Head of the Riau BKASDA Fifin Arfiana Jogasara in his official statement Tuesday, November 2, 2021.
On October 27, 2021 at around 15.00 WIB, Air Hitam Bagan Limau Resort (AHBL), Tesso Nilo National Park Hall received a report from the public that there was a dead elephant in Bukit Apolo.
Furthermore, the AHBL Resort reported to the Head of the TNTN Heru Sutmantoro which was followed up by coordinating with the Riau KSDA Center to jointly carry out the handling.
“At around 22.00 WIB, a joint team consisting of the Riau KSDA Center, TNTN Hall, and the community headed to the location of the incident in Bukit Apolo, to check the condition of the elephant,” he said.
On Thursday, October 28, 2021, at 08.00 WIB, the joint team began to carry out a necropsy on the dead Sumatran elephant. It is known that the elephant is female, height 2.17 m, weight 2 tons, belly skin thickness 0.4 cm, back skin thickness 1.2 cm.
“From its physical characteristics, the elephant is a sick elephant who has been treated (medical treatment) on Saturday, October 23, 2021 by the Medical Team of the Riau KSDA Center and TNTN Hall in Pontian Mekar Village, Lubuk Batu Jaya, Indragiri Hulu,” he said.
Fifin added that the Sumatran elephant was estimated to have died on Tuesday morning, October 26, 2021, due to infection of the digestive organs, malnutrition and dehydration.
In the necropsy, no samples were taken for laboratory examination because all organs in the body had been damaged (lysis), “So all organs in the body were buried immediately,” he said. (MCR)