Mondulkiri Elephant Killed for Ivory

Local media report that HE Neth Pheaktra, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Environment, told BTVlocal news earlier that an elephant found dead in a cashew plantation in Mondulkiri province’s Keo Seima district was shot for ivory and the tail.

He added that according to the examination, a hole in the nose near the the eyes was found, and the ivory tusks and the tail were cut off. Authorities and officials are searching for the shooters.

UPDATE: The bullet that killed the elephant has now been removed. There is disagreement over whether the motive was for ivory or angry farmers.

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