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Sambo the killer elephant finds new home

Residents in Mon Village in Kampong Speu province attempt to divert a
rampaging elephant named Sambo, who killed its owner last week and has
continued to terrorize the area. Photo by: Adam Miller
AN enraged bull elephant that killed
its owner and then went on a 10-day rampage in the Cambodian
countryside has been taken in by a wildlife rescue centre.
The bull elephant, named Sambo,
terrorised villagers in the southwestern province of Kampong Speu and
destroyed their crops before he was subdued by wildlife workers on
December 15.
The five-tonne animal was
confined to a rice field for more than a week while a special cage was
built to transport him to the Phnom Tamao rescue centre on the
outskirts of the Cambodian capital.
Sambo, who has displayed
violent behaviour in the past and is thought to have killed four people
over the years, arrived at the centre on Saturday evening, a late
Christmas present for the animal sanctuary.

“he has been placed in a
temporary enclosure for the time being,” said communications officer
John Maloy from the Wildlife Alliance, adding that Sambo was being kept
away from the zoo’s five other Asian elephants.
“Sambo is probably too dangerous to mix with them at present,” he said.
The Wildlife Alliance believes
Sambo is in musth, a periodic condition in bull elephants that is often
accompanied by highly aggressive behaviour.
His handlers hope that eventually Sambo will calm down and find a mate at the rescue centre.
Cambodia is home to about 120
domesticated elephants, according to Jack Highwood who heads the
Elephants Livelihood Initiative Environment, a local organisation that
assisted in Sambo’s transfer.
While there are no official statistics, Highwood estimates that six people have been killed by elephants in
Cambodia in the past three years, including Sambo’s victims. In all of those cases it was by a male elephant in musth.
The Asian elephant is listed as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Source: AFP

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