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Sambo, the killer elephant dies in new home

PHNOM PENH, Wednesday 16 February 2011 (AFP)
An elephant that killed its owner and then went on a 10-day rampage in
the Cambodian countryside before being taken in by an animal rescue
centre has died unexpectedly, officials said Wednesday.

Sambo was caught in December in sent to a zoo after he killed his owner and terrorised villagers.

The five-tonne bull elephant, named Sambo,
terrorised villagers in southwest Cambodia and destroyed their crops
before he was subdued by wildlife workers in December and moved to the
centre on the outskirts of Phnom Penh.

For safety reasons, Sambo had restraints placed on his front legs and was kept away from other elephants.

Nhek
Rattanak Pich, director of the rescue centre, told AFP the exact cause
of death was still unclear. He added that Sambo “was a danger to
people” until the very last day.

The Wildlife Alliance, an
international organisation whose specialist was called in to treat
Sambo over the weekend after he fell ill, said the animal had been sick
in recent weeks and apparently reacted badly to sedation administered
by government veterinarians to treat a small leg wound.

It said he was too weak to stand up despite efforts to get him back on his feet with the help of a crane.

Elephants
that lie down for extended periods “risk severe damage to their
internal organs”, the group said. “Sambo was too weak to stand under
his own power.”

The Asian elephant is listed as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Source: AFP
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