An elephant believed to be the last one in the wilds of the north-central province of Quang Binh has been found dead with its head, legs and skin removed in a local forest.
Speaking to online newspaper Dan Tri on Thursday, Dinh Quy Nhan, chairman of Minh Hoa District People's Committee, the local government, said experts had ascertained that the elephant, reportedly weighing four tons, had probably died about two days earlier.
The corpse was decomposing when it was discovered by locals in the Tan Hoa Commune forest, he said.
A group of forest rangers, police officers and officials from Tan Hoa and Cao Quang communes has been sent to the site to investigate the case, according to the news report.
It quoted local people as saying that the forest had been home to two adult elephants one male and one female.
But, two years ago the male animal was poached for it tusks, so it was suspected that the newly-discovered carcass belonged to the female.
In the meantime, a report in Tien Phong (Pioneer) newspaper quoted wildlife experts as saying that the dead animal could be the last wild elephant in Quang Binh.
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