A young elephant was found dead on the side of the road in a pool of blood recently after he was killed in an auto accident in a Malaysia national park area. According to authorities at the Perak Department of Wildlife and National Parks, the two-year-old elephant’s body was found along the roadside of the Gerik-Jeli Highway.
It is believed the baby had been hit on the head, and he died instantly. By the time authorities arrived, the elephant family had already left. As Malaysia develops, elephants need to be respected and allowed to roam freely and safely. The incident drew a lot of anger on social media, as many area residents expressed their sadness for wildlife and how these animals continue to lose their homes; paying the ultimate price – their lives.
Signs along the highway warn drivers of elephant crossings, and although authorities state accidents like this rarely happen, environmentalists fear the increasing destruction of the animals’ habitat have forced elephants to venture out closer to roadways. The BBCNews report drivers are being urged to be “extra careful” when using the highways.
“We have already erected signboards to notify motorists that there would be elephant crossings along the stretch of the highway,” stated Loo Kean Seong, director of the parks in Perak. “So they need to be more responsible, especially when they are driving late at night or early in the morning.”
On the Facebook group, Management & Ecology of Malaysian Elephants, advocates for wildlife state the signs are easy to read, and they are there for a purpose.
“When you see a sign that states slow down, just slow down. It’s a simple thing to do. It’s still their home so just respect it.”
How does anyone miss seeing an elephant on the road Facebook readers continue to ask? Tragically it makes us lose faith in humanity. Did the driver even stop and stay with the baby while he died? Rest in peace baby. You will be missed.
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(Photos via Alicia Solana Mena/Meme via Management & Ecology of Malaysian Elephants)
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