KOTA KINABALU: Only 30 per cent of the Bornean Pygmy elephant's body found at Sungai Kinabatangan on Sunday was intact.
Sabah Wildlife director Augustine Tuuga said a post mortem, which was completed yesterday, revealed the elephant had no head, abdomen and both of its hind legs.
He added that the 30 per cent was of the front part of the body, from the pelvic up to its tail, skin and front feet.
“However, the soles of the (front legs) were missing, it is suspected to have been mutilated,"he said in a statement, adding the department is still investigating the cause of death.
Meanwhile, Kinabatangan District police chief Superintendan Dzulbaharin Ismail said there was no metal found at the carcass.
“It is suspected to have died since a week ago and there were cut wounds on its feet.
"However, it cannot be confirmed whether it was cut before or after the elephant died," he added.
He said the case is being investigated under Section 25(1) Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997.