Baby elephant slain on Malaysian highway

Dead baby elephant found side of road in Malaysia (Management and Ecology of Malaysian Elephants)
Photo credit: Management and Ecology of Malaysian Elephants / Facebook

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A young elephant has been found dead on the side of a road in Malaysia after apparently being hit by a car.

The corpse was found by wildlife officials near the busy East-West highway and has prompted pleas for drivers to take care.

"We are devastated to see a baby elephant killed by a car at Gerik-Jeli Highway," conservation group Management and Ecology of Malaysian Elephants (MEME) said.

"Drivers, please slow down at roads with wildlife crossings. Be mindful of our forest friends. Let's not cause them any more harm."

Environmentalists blame increasing habitat destruction for the wildlife venturing closer towards dangerous roads.

Dead baby elephant found side of road in Malaysia (Management and Ecology of Malaysian Elephants)
Photo credit: Management and Ecology of Malaysian Elephants

MEME spokesperson Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz told BBC News elephants are coming closer to roads to try and find more food as the forests they call home are destroyed.

"As Malaysia develops, it needs to compromise. Especially in this landscape which houses one of the most important forests in South East Asia," he said.

"Elephants need to roam freely and safely."

It's believed the baby elephant, thought to be around two years old, was struck on its head and died quickly after the impact.

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