A male elephant aged between four to five years old was found dead on the East-West Highway (JRTB) Gerik – Jeli near the Banun Resettlement Plan (RPS) junction area at 5am yesterday.
Director of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) Yusoff Shariff said, the baby elephant was believed to have been hit by a lorry or bus, based on the injuries it suffered on multiple parts of its body.
He said the baby elephant had been moved from the scene and buried in a nearby forest by members from the Gerik Wildlife Office at noon yesterday. Since then, no one has come forward to make a confession about the incident.
“We believe that the elephant aged between four to five years old was hit by a lorry or bus, not a small car,” he said when contacted by Harian Metro.
Perhilitan hopes that everyone on the road will be more vigilant when passing through forest areas, especially at JRTB Gerik – Jeli.
Yusoff said the area is known as a wildlife habitat, especially to elephants which are often found crossing the road.
As an initiative to curb this issue from happening again, Perhilitan had also installed several warning signs along the road.