Myanmars Elephants by Ko Myo

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Police and vets from Myanmar Timber Enterprise inspect a dead elephant's trunk which  reveals poison used by poachers to incapacitate the 25-year-old male wild elephant which  was killed and skinned the day before in Chaung Tha forest reserve.  The inspection also revealed that the poachers first shot the elephant with a poison dart, then cut its hind legs with a dagger to maim and make it fall onto its knees rather than onto its side while still alive.   This method of killing allows the poachers to have access to the skin on both sides of the elephant.  Since the ban on the sale of ivory the price of elephant skin has increased by nearly ten-fold from between $10 - $20 to $120 a kilo.  Poisoning using darts loaded with widely available herbicides is a common method used by poachers to kill elephants.