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North Sumatra

Another Elephant Death in Gunung Leuser National Park

Another elephant death has been reported in the Gunung Leuser National Park in North Sumatra. This elephant is a female estimated to be 10 years old and was found on a river bank inside a palm oil plantation by a plantation worker and only 500m from the nearest houses of Barak Gajah Village. Witnesses reported seeing a baby elephant trying for 1 hour to wake (assuming) it’s mother by pushing her body and spraying water on her. When the local villagers approached the baby moved off into the forest and it was reported by the national park team after a 6 hour search the baby had fortunately found it’s way back to the herd and had moved back into the Gunung Leuser National Park. Unfortunately there is no information as to the estimated age of the baby elephant and whether he/she still requires milk from it’s now deceased mother.
The body of the elephant has now been moved and examined for any cause of death. While there are some wounds that have been found on the body nothing as significant enough to cause death. An autopsy has been performed and the vet teams await the results to determine if the death was natural or the elephant was poisoned, which is unfortunately often the case for elephants that enter palm oil plantations. Especially a young elephant of 10 years you would not expect to die suddenly like in this situation. Another sad day for the Elephants of Sumatra.

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New Born

Travelling around this great island of Sumatra gives me many joys but none better than that of witnessing a new born in the Holiday Camp of North Sumatra. At just two weeks old baby elephants are still trying to find their feet, stumbling over themselves. It is the cuttest thing on the planet bar none. To see a baby elephant instinctively suckling off her mother knowing just what to do and where to go just blows my mind. With the occasional assistance from mum, a nudge or a push to tell her little one not to wander off too far. It’s beautiful to see.

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