A child elephant has been found lifeless on a Malaysian freeway after it was apparently killed by a car.
State park officers who discovered the carcass mentioned such incidents “don’t occur fairly often”.
Environmentalists mentioned rising habitat destruction has compelled wild elephants nearer to the East-West Freeway, which hyperlinks north-east Kelantan state to the remainder of Malaysia.
Officers have urged drivers to be “additional cautious” when utilizing the freeway.
“We now have already erected signboards to inform motorists that there could be elephant crossings alongside the stretch of the freeway,” mentioned Lavatory Kean Seong, director of the Perak Division of Wildlife and Nationwide Parks.
“So that they must be extra accountable, particularly when they’re driving late at evening or early within the morning.”
Kuala Lumpur-based conservation group, the Administration and Ecology of Malaysian Elephants (MEME) group, got here throughout the lifeless elephant on Friday.
“We imagine this child died very quick, it was hit on its head and its household was not there by the point we arrived,” mentioned Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz.
He instructed BBC Information that there have been different elephant deaths within the forested space in 2010 and 2014.
“Wild elephants have already misplaced a lot of their forests and extra of them are popping out to roads to search out meals like grass, palm timber and bamboo.
“They’re additionally spending extra time hanging round roads,” he mentioned, including that decrease velocity limits must be enforced and extra avenue lights must be put in.
“As Malaysia develops, it must compromise. Particularly on this panorama which homes one of the vital vital forests in South East Asia. Elephants have to roam freely and safely.”
The incident raised feelings and drew anger on social media.
Many Malaysians expressed disappointment for wildlife of their nation coming into rising contact with individuals, as a result of lack of forests.
“One of many richest forest diversities on this planet and that is how we deal with our wildlife,” mentioned Kent Chua. “They’re shedding their houses within the identify of growth and they’re paying the worth with their lives.”
Others raised considerations about reckless drivers.
“If you see an indication that states [slow] down, simply decelerate,” mentioned Izuni Nia. “It is a easy factor to do. It is nonetheless their house so simply respect it.”
“I need to understand how an individual may even miss seeing such an enormous creature,” wrote a Facebook user from the capital, Kuala Lumpur, speculating that the motive force could have been drunk or rushing.
“No decency in any respect to even have stopped and stayed with the dying child or not less than report it.”