Wild elephant found dead in Bokpyin

An elephant was found dead with its tail sliced off in Bokpyin Township on 15 January.  Photo: Myint Oo (Myeik)
An elephant was found dead with its tail sliced off in Bokpyin Township on 15 January.  Photo: Myint Oo (Myeik)

A wild elephant was found dead with its tail sliced off in Bokpyin Township of Taninthayi Region on 15 January. This is the first such incident reported from the township in 2020.
Acting on a tip, a team from the Bokpyin Township Forest Department discovered the carcass of the male elephant, aged about 25. Its tail had been cut.
The elephant was reportedly shot with two poisonous arrows. According to the report, the elephant measured 10 feet in length and 8 ft feet in height. Its trunk was 5 ft long.
In October last year, a wild elephant was found killed and skinned in the same area near Pyigyimandaing Town, Bokpyin Township.
“The incidents have alerted us of the possible presence of poachers here,” said Ko Zaw Chit, a local villager.
The Pyigyimandaing Town Police lodged both cases under Section 41 (A) of the Protection of Biodiversity and Conservation Areas Law, and are continuing with their investigation. —Myint Oo (Myeik) (Translated by Kyaw Zin Lin)

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