Baby elephants have their trunks amputated after being captured by cruel poachers

A baby elephant’s trunk was amputated after it was captured by cruel poachers and left behind by its herd in Indonesia.

The elephant on the Indonesian island of Sumatra was caught in a trap set by poachers who hunt the threatened species, according to the authorities.

The one year old is one of the last of the 700 wild Sumatran elephants on the island.

Conservation officials found her very weak with a noose in her almost severed torso.

According to Agus Arianto, head of the Aceh Provincial Conservation Agency, she was rescued on Sunday in Alue Meuraksa, a forested village in Aceh Jaya district.

To save the baby elephant’s life, wildlife officials had to amputate half of her trunk at the Elephant Training Center in Aceh Besar, Indonesia today.

The elephant on the Indonesian island of Sumatra was caught in a trap set by poachers who hunt the threatened species, according to the authorities. Pictured: The injured baby elephant at the Elephant Training Center in Aceh Besar, Indonesia

Mr Arianto said in a statement: “This was supposed to be poaching obviously endangered animals for money.

“We will work with law enforcement on an investigation.”

He said the elephant calf was abandoned by her herd because of its deteriorating condition after it was caught in the noose allegedly laid by a poacher.

To save the baby elephant’s life, wildlife officials (pictured) had to amputate half of her trunk at the Elephant Training Center in Aceh Besar, Indonesia today

Conservationists say the coronavirus pandemic in Sumatra has increased poaching as villagers go hunting for economic reasons.

In another incident in July, a headless elephant was found on a palm plantation in eastern Aceh.

A suspected poacher and four people accused of buying ivory were arrested.

Conservationists say the coronavirus pandemic in Sumatra has increased poaching as villagers hunt for economic reasons. Pictured: the baby elephant in Indonesia

Trials against the five people started last month and they will face a five-year prison sentence and a fine of 100 million rupiah (£ 5,250) if found guilty.

Mr Arianto said the number of Sumatran elephants captured and poisoned in East Aceh district alone has reached 25 in the past nine years.

Sumatran elephants were raised by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on its 2012 Red List from Endangered to Critically Endangered.

Conservationists say the coronavirus pandemic in Sumatra has increased poaching as villagers go hunting for economic reasons. Pictured: wildlife officials prepare to wash the injured baby elephant

This was mainly due to a sharp decline in population.

It has been indicated by the loss of over 69 percent of its potential habitat in the past 25 years, which is the equivalent of one generation.

Data from the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry and Environment have shown that the Sumatran elephant population has shrunk from 1,300 in 2014 to 693, a decrease of nearly 50 percent over the past seven years.

Sumatran elephants are a subspecies of the Asian elephant, one of two species in the world.

Data from the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry and Environment have shown that the Sumatran elephant population has shrunk from 1,300 in 2014 to 693, a decrease of nearly 50 percent over the past seven years. In the picture: The baby elephant is assigned an outdoor area that is guarded by an employee

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