Three elephants were poisoned to death near a palm oil plantation in Malaysia, officials said Friday, in the latest case of the endangered creatures being killed near human settlements.
Local police in southern Johor state found the animal carcasses and alerted wildlife officers on Tuesday, Wildlife and National Parks Department director-general Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim told AFP.
The dead animals are believed to be part of a herd of 30 elephants from the nearby forest reserve.
"We conducted a post-mortem on the three female elephants aged between 18 and 22, and it revealed they were poisoned," Abdul Kadir said.
"I am shocked and saddened by this incident. If this trend continues, all our wild elephants will be wiped out."
Electric fences used to keep elephants away from village crops were not functioning and allowed the creatures to trespass on plantations, Abdul Kadir said.（AFP）
settlement：名詞，指結束爭端的協定、庭外和解、定居、結算、開拓地、屯墾區。例句：We reached an out-of-court settlement.（我們達成庭外和解。）
wipe out：片語動詞，指擦拭碗盆內部、除去或取消、徹底摧毀。例句：Today’s losses have wiped out yesterday’s profits.（今天的虧損把昨天的營利賠光了。）