Investigation Police in the southern province of Dong Nai on Saturday coordinated with local forest management officials to survey area of Dinh Quan District, where the body of a wild elephant was recently found hacked and decomposed.
|Police officials search area where the decomposed body of an elephant was found (Photo: Tuoi Tre)|
The elephant was killed in an area which comes under the management of the Tan Phu Protective Forest Management Board. The four ton body of the elephant was found decomposed and rotting, giving off a foul smell, with its ivory tusks cut off.
10 meters from the scene, police officials found several pieces of bones, piled in a heap near a bon-fire.
According to a forest management official, even parts of the elephant skull had been hacked off.
The elephant was left behind after the rest of the herd migrated to Don Village in the central highland province of Dak Lak in 2001.
This is the ninth elephant to be killed in Dong Nai Province since 2008.