Daily Decay (19th June 2018)

Daily Decay (19th June 2018): Giant Honeybee (Apis dorsata) @ Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

There was a large colony located next to a trail, and due to safety reasons, the hive had to be removed. Pest control was called in, and this was among the many casualties.

Young monkey found dead in cage in Lentor

A juvenile Long-tailed Macaque found dead in a large cage in Lentor on May 17, 2018. Photo: ST Reader

By Audrey Tan
17th May 2018;

A young monkey was found dead near private houses in Lentor on Thursday morning (May 17), the latest in a string of cases involving human-wildlife conflict.

The Long-tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis) was found lying in a large makeshift cage by a resident of the area, who then contacted wildlife rescue group Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres).

“We arrived at about 9.15am to find a young Long-tailed Macaque dead with ants on her face,” said Acres deputy chief executive Anbarasi Boopal.

The cause of death was not immediately clear.

But the incident has raised questions over the processes involved in dealing with animals considered a nuisance to humans.

One issue, for example, is how often contractors check traps for ensnared animals, so that an animal does not suffer too long in the cage.

Mr Louis Ng, Acres chief executive and MP for Nee Soon GRC said: “The monkey should not have died this way and the contractor who trapped the monkey should be investigated thoroughly and brought to task.”

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) said it is investigating the case. “We have suspended the contractor while investigations are ongoing,” said the AVA spokesman.

She added that the agency would not hesitate to take strong enforcement action against the contractor if it finds any wrongdoing.

The area where the incident occured is located next to a construction site where a secondary forest used to exist. Works are underway to build private housing in the area.

To save the animals that once lived in the forest, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) in 2016 embarked on a novel wildlife management plan. This involves gradually clearing the land so that animals are herded to nearby green areas, such as the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.

The AVA said it has received feedback from residents and the Neighbourhood Committee at Munshi Abdullah Walk area about a troop of monkeys in the neighbourhood.

Residents had expressed concerns over public safety, said the spokesman.

“AVA conducted surveillance and assessed that the monkeys pose a public safety threat. As such, AVA activated our contractor to conduct trapping operations in the area,” said the AVA.

Ms Boopal said removal should not be the first solution, if the surrounding areas remain suitable habitats for macaques. She urged residents to learn to coexist with wildlife.

“This could be done, for instance, by not feeding the animals or leaving food out, providing less of an incentive for macaques to be around”.

Source: The Straits Times

Daily Decay (23rd February 2018)

 
Daily Decay (23rd February 2018): Giant Honeybees (Apis dorsata) @ Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

There was a large colony located next to a trail, and due to safety reasons, the hive had to be removed. Pest control was called in, and these were among the many casualties.
 

Daily Decay (30th January 2018)

Daily Decay (30th January 2018): Giant Honeybee (Apis dorsata) @ Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

There was a large colony located next to a trail, and due to safety reasons, the hive had to be removed. Pest control was called in, and this was one of the many casualties.

Daily Decay (13th January 2018)

Daily Decay (13th January 2018): Giant Honeybee (Apis dorsata) @ Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

There was a large colony located next to a trail, and due to safety reasons, the hive had to be removed. Pest control was called in, and this was one of the many casualties.

Malaysia: Crocs spotted in Senadin housing drain

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The Crocodile that was found dead in the net.

By Jenifer Laeng, 6th January 2018;

Several residents in Senadin Phase 3, jittery after they spotted a few Crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus) in the big drain at the back of their houses recently, are hoping that authorities could do something before anything untoward happens.

According to one of the house owners, she had been living here for years and the sight of the reptiles, believed to be the young ones, had becoming more frequent lately.

“In fact, one was found in the net by my brother-in-law on Thursday. He initially thought that it was not Crocodile, but when we had a close look at it, we knew it was a Crocodile,” she said when contacted today.

The woman, who requested anonymity, said her brother-in-law was surprised when he went to check on his fishing net on Thursday and found the reptile in it.

“The reptile measuring at about two feet in length was however dead when it was found so he got rid of it,” she said.

She added that the drain behind their house was quite big, and she believed there are more of the reptiles in the area.

“There has been no cases of croc attack here in the past, so we are hopeful that the authorities can do something about it to avoid any untoward incident,” she said.

Source: The Borneo Post

Malaysia: Electrocuted Elephant was still breastfeeding calf, Perak Perhilitan reveals

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A wild Elephant met a sad end when it was fatally electrocuted after crashing into a contractors’ cabin in Gerik, Perak January 2, 2018.

Source: Gerik Fan Club Facebook

By Sylvia Looi, 3rd January 2018;

A female Elephant (Elephas maximus) which was electrocuted after crashing into a contractors’ cabin in Gerik yesterday, was a female leader of a pack that was still breastfeeding her calf, an official has revealed today.

Perak Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) principal assistant director Wan Shaharuddin Wan Nordin said the department came to the conclusion as milk was coming out from its breast.

“We have no idea how old is her calf but those who saw the herd said the Elephant which died was part of a group of six or seven Elephants,” he told Malay Mail when contacted here.

“With the death of its mother, the calf will now be cared for by other Elephants in the group,” he added.

Wan Shaharuddin said initial investigations showed the female Elephant, which was more than 20 years old, had approached the cabin as it smelled food.

“It tried to push down the cabin door to get to the food. The impact of the push instead caused the electricity supplied to the cabin to land on it thus electrocuting it,” he said.

Wan Shaharuddin added that the female pachyderm was most probably the leader of the herd.

“Upon seeing the leader dead, the herd ran amok and destroyed the other cabins in the area,” he explained.

It was reported that the female pachyderm, which weighed roughly two tonnes, received a 240 volt shock from the electricity supplied to the cabin.

The cabin, located around 100 metres away from the Seri Banding army camp, was being used by contractors who were carrying out repair works on the site of a recent landslide.

Malaysian Nature Society past president Prof Maketab Mohamed when contacted said the tragedy would become the norm due to the conflict between man and nature.

“Elephants are a regular feature along the Gerik to Jeli highway as the pachyderms are not scared of humans. They used to eat food wastes dumped in an illegal dump site along the highway,” he said.

The professor added that Elephants cross the highway regularly at many spots despite the presence of a wildlife viaduct, and explained that the incident would not have occurred if the Elephants had a place to go.

“Stopping all forest conversions would be good,” he quipped, adding that suitable habitats are rarer by the day as more forests being converted to other uses especially to oil palm plantations.

Source: Malay Mail

Malaysia: Female Elephant found electrocuted

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Tragedy along highway: Perhilitan rangers checking the scene where the carcass of the female Elephant was found near Tasik Banding in Gerik.

3rd January 2018;

In another blow to Malaysian wildlife, a two-tonne Elephant (Elephas maximus) has been found dead – this time, electrocuted by a live wire from roadworks.

The female pachyderm was believed to be rummaging for food when it was electrocuted after destroying a cabin set up by contractors carrying out roadworks near Tasik Banding in Gerik.

The 40-year-old Elephant might have been pregnant or recently gi­­ven birth as it was producing milk.

Perak Wildlife and National Parks principal assistant director Wan Shaharuddin Wan Nordin said the Elephant was found dead at about 7.30am yesterday although it could have been electrocuted much earlier.

“When we reached the site, we found the animal was already dead.

“We immediately alerted Tenaga Nasional Bhd to disconnect the supply,” he said, adding that no criminal element was found in the case.

The deaths of a Sun Bear (Helarctos malayanus) and a Tapir (Tapirus indicus) due to road accidents on Christmas Eve have alarmed conservationists. The carcass of the tapir was later skinned by a group of men.

Last year, a calf and a 10-year-old Elephant were killed by vehicles along the Gerik-Jeli Highway.

The Management & Ecology of Malaysian Elephants, which has been tracking the herd the female Elephant belonged to, said the animal might either be pregnant or had just given birth.

“We are not sure about this at the moment but there was milk coming out from its breasts,” said its field manager Alicia Solana.

“It is very common for them to roam around this area beside the highway as there is plenty of grass and suitable food.”

Solana said it was believed that the Elephant was electrocuted after pushing against the zinc wall of the cabin.

“It is a big loss emotionally for this herd as we see them very often,” she said.

Ecotourism and Conservation Society Malaysia co-founder and CEO Andrew Sebastian said contractors should have been more alert and careful when setting up cabins in areas with wildlife.

“There are plenty of signboards along the Royal Belum-Temenggor and East-West Highway warning motorists and the public about the presence of Elephants,” Sebastian said.

The Star

Malaysia: Forty-year-old female Elephant dead after being electrocuted in Perak

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Source: Info Roadblock JPJ/POLIS Facebook

2nd January 2018;

Perak residents discovered a two-ton female Elephant (Elephas maximus), dead from an apparent electrocution near Tasek Banding, three hours outside of KL, early yesterday morning.

Local Wildlife and National Parks Department acting director Wan Shaharuddin Wan Nordin told reporters that a team of officers rushed to the scene after it was reported at 7:30am.

The perimeter was blocked off, while electricity purveyor Tenaga Nasional Berhad turned off the electrical supply in the area.

Officials believe that the Elephant was electrocuted after pushing against a zinc wall on a contractor’s cabin, and damaging an electrical line in the process. She is believed to be around 40 years old.

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Pictures of the animal have since gone viral on Facebook.

Malaysia’s tropical jungle is home to a dizzying array of wildlife, from Orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) to Pangolins (Manis javanica) to Elephants, but their numbers have been dwindling.

They are targeted by poachers, their natural habitat has been shrinking due to expansion of plantations, while hundreds have been killed on busy roads as the highway network has rapidly expanded.

Two Elephants were killed in the space of three months earlier this year after being hit by vehicles along a stretch of highway in the same area that the Elephant was electrocuted.

Source: Coconuts KL

Malaysia: Female Elephant electrocuted in Gerik

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The Elephant was electrocuted after pushing against the zinc wall of a temporary house in Gerik.
Source: Malaysian Response Team Facebook

2nd January 2018;

A female Elephant (Elephas maximus) died in Gerik, Perak after it was believed to have been electrocuted by a live wire.

The Management & Ecology of Malaysian Elephants (MEME) said that the Elephant was estimated to be about 40 years old.

Its field manager Alicia Solana said that there is a possibility that the Elephant was either pregnant or had just given birth.

“We are not sure about this at the moment, but there was milk coming out from its breasts,” she told the Star Online on Tuesday.

The incident occurred close to the Seri Banding army camp in Gerik on Monday night.

She added that the Elephant was most likely part of a group of other females and babies looking for food.

“It is very common for them to roam around this area beside the highway as there is plenty of grass and suitable food for them,” she said.

Solana said it was believed that the Elephant was electrocuted after pushing against the zinc wall of a temporary house built in the area, which is located next to the highway.

There was no one around at the time of the incident, added Solana.

“It is a big loss emotionally as we knew this group and could identify them. We saw them very often,” she said.

Source: The Star