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.

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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

Malaysia: Elephant fatally electrocuted after smashing into cabin

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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 Loghun Kumaran, 2nd January 2018;

A wild Elephant (Elephas maximus) was fatally electrocuted after crashing into a contractors’ cabin in Gerik, northern Perak earlier today.

The female pachyderm, which weighed roughly two tonnes, was believed to have smashed through the cabin sometime early this morning before it 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.

Perak Department Of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) principal assistant director Wan Shaharuddin Wan Nordin said the Gerik Perhilitan office was alerted to the incident at around 7.30am.

“When we reached the site of the incident, we found the carcass of a female Elephant, and we moved to control the area. Tenaga Nasional Berhad also shut off the power to the cabin.” he said when contacted today.

“After conducting an investigation, we found no criminal elements from the post-mortem, which was completed around 4pm.”

So far, Wan Shaharuddin said he was not aware if the Elephant had interacted with any people during the incident.

He said the department would now dispose of the pachyderm’s carcass in accordance with their standard operating procedure.

Gerik police chief Supt Ismail Che Isa confirmed the incident happened at around 4am, and that no civilians or army personnel were injured.

Source: Malay Mail

Malaysia: Elephant electrocuted

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The Elephant which was electrocuted.

By P. Chandra Sagaran, 2nd January 2018;

A female Elephant (Elephas maximus) weighing about two tonnes was found dead after being electrocuted near Tasek Banding here today.

Perak Wildlife and National Parks Department acting director Wan Shaharuddin Wan Nordin said a team of officers rushed to the scene after being alerted to the incident at 7.30am.

“We cordoned off the area while Tenaga Nasional Berhad disconnected the electricity supply,” he added.

The animal is believed to be about 40 years old and believed to have been electrocuted after pushing against the zinc wall of a contractor’s cabin in the area.

Several pictures of the dead animal had since gone viral in the social media.

The Sun Daily

Around 38 carcasses of Monkeys suspected to have been poisoned were found in an old quarry near Bukit Larut, Taiping on December 21, 2017.
Photo: Marcus Pheong

Malaysia: Troop of Monkeys fatally poisoned near Taiping
By John Bunyan, 21st December 2017;

A herd of 38 monkeys was found dead from suspected poisoning at an old quarry near Bukit Larut, Taiping this morning.

A member of Persatuan Kepolisan Komuniti Aulong Taiping Perak spotted the carcasses and reported it to the authorities today.

The monkeys were believed to be Long-tailed Macaques (Macaca fascicularis).

Taiping Zoo & Night Safari director Dr Kevin Lazarus said they sent veterinarians to the spot after they were informed of the discovery

“Our veterinarians rushed to spot and discovered 38 carcasses of Monkey. We believe the Monkeys were poisoned at a different place and dumped at the quarry.

"We suspected the Monkeys were poisoned as there were no external injuries on the animal.

"We have taken samples from the Monkeys and send it to the laboratory for testing,” he told Malay Mail when contacted.

He also said this was the first incident of such a scale in Taiping

Dr Kevin said they also reported the incident to the Wildlife and National Parks Department for further action.

Source: Malay Mail

Dead fish found in the Bernam River may be the result of contamination of the water by farms, says Rusna.

Malaysia: Farms along river may be cause of fish deaths in Perak
By Loghun Kumaran, 6th April 2017;

A poultry farm in Kampung Kelawar is believed to be responsible for the large quantity of freshwater fish that has died in Bernam River since last December.

State executive councillor Datuk Rusnah Kassim said yesterday investigations into the source of the contamination led to the farm along Slim River.

However, she said, it was possible it was not the only polluter as there were other farms along the river.

“At the moment, we can only say it may have come from this farm. We are not certain yet,” the Behrang assemblyman told a press conference.

“However, based on our checks, the farm was discharging its sewage directly into the river. We have given the operator until May 31 to improve its sewage treatment system.

"If the rules are not adhered to, we won’t hesitate to shut it down or take further action.”

Rusnah said there had not been reports of residents falling sick from eating fish from the river.

The death of thousands of freshwater fish along the 30km stretch of Bernam River has left local fishermen in distress.

The chief of the Muallim District Fisheries Volunteers (SUPER) Saiful Zizuan Mahayuddin said the fishermen had reported four incidents of “mass deaths” since December.

During each of these incidents, scores of fish would swim in an erratic manner close to the surface and would end up dead the next day.

The association believed the contamination was caused by an industrial source, but was unable to pinpoint where the effluents were coming from.

Saiful said some fishermen reported their catch dropped by 70 per cent during these “mass deaths”.

“If the fish start to turn up dead today, we won’t get a good catch for about seven days. This is worrisome for the 200 inland fishermen in this area,” he said.

“It seems like an unending problem because we don’t know how long it will go on. All we know is that something is wrong.”

Saiful said the fishermen had lodged reports with the police, the Department of Environment, the Fisheries Department and the District Office.

He said there were about 70 species of freshwater fish in Bernam River, including baung (Catfish) (F. Bagridae), lampan (Tinfoil Barb) (Barbonymus schwanenfeldii), haruan (Snakehead Murrel) (Channa striata) and sebarau (Hampala Barb) (Hampala macrolepidota).

Like their colleagues around the country, inland fishermen along Bernam River rake in a fluctuating amount of money a day.

During a good month, they can catch RM 2,000 worth of fish but this number can decrease sharply.

“The fish here are highly sought after for their taste. This is because the Bernam River has largely remained unpolluted until now,” said Saiful.

“We need the authorities to act. They need to find the source of the contamination and shut it don immediately. Our livelihood is at stake.”

State Fisheries Department director Dr Bah Piyan Tan said water samples taken earlier this month found elevated levels of ammonia and acidity.

On March 27, fisheries officials found “quite acidic” pH levels of 5.8 and an ammonia content of 0.24ppm, which are above the normal levels.

On March 14, the pH level was 6.3, while the ammonia levels were down at 0.2ppm.

“These are not natural levels. Usually a river should have a neutral or slightly alkaline pH level,” said Bah Piyan.

Source: Malay Mail

Thousands of dead fishes were found floating in Sungai Bernam today, believed to have been caused by pollution.
Photos: Rosman Shamsudin and Suara Perak

Malaysia: Thousands of dead fishes wash up in Sungai Bernam
By Rosman Shamsudin, 10th November 2016;

Thousands of dead fishes were found floating in Sungai Bernam today, believed to have been caused by pollution.

Sungai Selisik village head Ishak Ahmad, 50, said the discovery was made by residents as they were about to go fishing at the river, located near the Selangor border.

He said a report was lodged with the Perak Fisheries Department to be forwarded to the Department of Environment.

“The irresponsible act of some quarters had polluted the river, killing the fishes along the way.

"Cases such as this will affect the locals’ livelihood as their earnings depend on the catch from the river. This issue must be dealt with seriously and the culprits must be brought to book,” he told Berita Harian.

Ishak also expressed concern for the well-being of thousands of residents in the area as the river is a source of raw water for six villages there.

A Fisheries Department spokesman confirmed the report.

“Instructions have been issued to our officials at the Batang Padang district office to carry out an investigation,” he said.

It is learnt that the officers from the department’s Tapah district office are carrying out tests on the water sample taken near Behrang.

Source: New Straits Times

The dead fishes in the first photo appear to be mostly Tinfoil Barb (Barbonymus schwanenfeldii), with one unidentified cyprinid; the dead fishes in the photos from Suara Perak include a Common Carp (Cyrpinus carpio).

Malaysia: Fish breeders incur losses of Rm1 Million due to El Niño

22nd April 2016;

About 10 caged-fish breeders in Sungai Sangga Besar and Kuala Sepetang near Taiping have claimed losses of more than RM1 million due to the current hot and dry weather brought on by the El Niño phenomenon.

The breeders’ representative, who only wanted to be known as Lee, said about 200,000 Tilapia (Oreochromis sp.), Grouper (SubF. Epinephelinae) and Sea Bass (Barramundi) (Lates calcarifer) had died on Sunday.

“When we went to our farms that day, we found dead fish floating in the ponds,” he told Bernama.

Apart from the hot weather, Lee said, lack of oxygen could have also killed the fish.

Source: Bernama

Malaysia: Fish breeders incur losses of Rm1 Million due to El Niño