A one-year-old female Sumatran elephant was recently caught in a poacher’s trap, and as a result, had to get her trunk amputated.

Rescuers found the baby elephant with her trunk nearly severed in half by the trap. She was very weak and seemed to have been abandoned by her herd.

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Wildlife officials had to perform a life-saving surgery to remove the calf’s trunk so that she could heal safely. 

Wildlife officials do not doubt that this was a poacher trap as the trouble with poachers targeting Sumatran elephants has increased. In July, an adult elephant was found without their head, and poachers were caught selling the ivory.

This one-year-old elephant is one of the 700 Sumatran elephants left on Sumatra Island.  In the past 9 years, 25 Sumatran elephants have died either by poachers, poachers traps, or poisoning in just one district. This puts the already delicate population on the brink of dwindling away before our eyes.

This is the dark and ugly truth behind the illegal wildlife trade, as no animal is safe from poachers who are looking to make a quick buck. If rescuers had not gotten to her when they did, this elephant calf would have surely died from being caught in the poacher’s trap.

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