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Months after a drone captured a horrific image of a mutilated elephant in Africa another one met a similar fate, this time in Indonesia. 

According to CNA, a wild Sumatran elephant was found decapitated with its tusks ripped off in what can be a graphic case of poaching.

Daily Mail

The rotting corpse of the 40-year-old male creature was discovered by a plantation worker on Monday, October 18. He then informed the conservationists who found its severed trunk a metre away from the body. 

Chief of local conservation agency, Suharyono, said: 

The elephant’s head had been cut off and its severed trunk was found a metre away from the body. We suspect the elephant was hunted and killed and then its head was cut off to remove the tusks. 
Gulf News

The increasing rate of deforestation in Indonesia has already reduced the species’ natural habitat and the presence of poachers pose an additional threat to the 2,000-odd Sumatran elephants that remain in the wild. 

The corpse is said to be a week old and the search to nab the culprit is on. Further details are awaited.