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Two arrested for poaching elephant in Chaungtha Forest Reserve

Police evaluates parts of an elephant seized from poachers in Chaungtha Forest Reserve in Pathein on 1st January, 2016. Photo: Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry
Police evaluates parts of an elephant seized from poachers in Chaungtha Forest Reserve in Pathein on 1st January, 2016. Photo: Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry

POLICE arrested two people on suspicion of poaching an elephant in the Chaungtha Forest Reserve in Pathein on 1 January.
Police officers stopped and searched a motorcycle driven by Maung Pho in the forest reserve on 1 January and discovered 66 pieces of elephant trunk meat, dried elephants hide and a machete hidden inside a bag.
After interrogating him, police also found a motorcycle parked one mile away from the site where the suspect was arrested and discovered a bag filled with dried elephants hide and slices of trunk meat.
During an ensuing raid of the jungle, police found one dead elephant. The male elephant was 8.5 feet tall, 14 feet in circumstance and 12 feet long. The elephant was around 32 years old when it was killed.
Police also arrested a 45 year-old man near the site on suspicion of poaching, seizing chemicals used for making poison to shoot elephants and some parts of the tail of an elephant.
Action is being taken against Maung Pho from Nga Phyu Village of Ngaphe Township and Maung Chauk 45, from Min Lwin Village in Nga Phe Township, for poaching.—Myanmar News Agency

Police evaluates parts of an elephant seized from poachers in Chaungtha Forest Reserve in Pathein on 1st January, 2016. Photo: Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry
Police evaluates parts of an elephant seized from poachers in Chaungtha Forest Reserve in Pathein on 1st January, 2016. Photo: Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry

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