Pygmy elephant gets riddled with SEVENTH bullet holes after poachers killed him and removed his tusks
- The Borneo pygmy elephant was found shot and floating in a river in Malaysia
- Doctors say the animal was shot 70 times, including once in the head
- The police are hunting a team of four or five poachers who have stolen the tusks
- There are 1500 dwarf elephants left in the wild and killing them is illegal
- WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT
An endangered Borneo pygmy elephant was found dead and riddled with 70 bullets in Malaysia after being killed by poachers for its tusks.
The male elephant was found floating last week last week after fishermen noticed it was tied to a tree in a river in Sabah, a region of Malaysia.
A post-mortem revealed that the animal had been shot 70 times at a short distance, including a bullet that pierced the left temple and killed it.
Researchers said it is impossible to know the order in which the bullets entered his body, or how long it suffered before he died.
A Borneo pygmy elephant was found shot dead and floating in a river in Malaysia by poachers who have stolen his tusks.
The elephant was shot 70 times up close, including one bullet fired through its temple, which was fatal. Doctors say it is impossible to know how long it took before she died
They said, however, that death would have been immediate as soon as it was shot by the temple.
Sabine Wildlife Department Director Augustine Tuuga said the animal's death was cruel. no matter how long it had suffered.
Video shows how the body was discovered – usually submerged in murky brown water and tied to the shore by a string.
The fishermen warned authorities that they had to get heavy machines from a nearby farm to bring the body to the coast.
It was then taken for a post-mortem, which confirmed that the tusks were sawn away, the Straits Times reported.
The police are now hunting a team of at least four or five poachers whose faith is responsible for the murder.
There are only about 1500 dwarf elephants left in the wild and the species is fully protected by Malaysian law.
Anyone found guilty of killing one of the animals can be imprisoned for five years or fined up to $ 60,000.
Researchers believe that a team of at least four or five poachers is responsible for killing, and are now hunting those responsible
The police were forced to use heavy machinery to get the elephant's body out of the river, at which point they realized that his tusks were cut off
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