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Orang Asli family living in fear of wild elephant

Last Update: 20/08/2019

GUA MUSANG, Aug 20 -- A family of seven Orang Asli in Kampung Aring 5, here, was overcome with fear when a wild elephant circled around their house earlier this morning.

However, in the 6am episode there was no untoward incident as the wild elephant left an hour later and entered a nearby forest area.

Orang Asli resident Hussin Selik, 51, said this was the second time such an incident had happened in two weeks where it had also destroyed banana and rubber trees during the first occurrence.

He said the second time the elephant entered the village was believed to have happened early at 3am and was worried for his family when several times the elephant circled his house before leaving.

"When we heard a loud roar, we peeped through the window and saw an elephant that got us all scared but fortunately the elephant left after circling the house," he said when met at the village.

Hussin said after the elephant left, he discovered about 50 banana trees that he and his neighbours had planted had been destroyed.

Kampung Aring 5 Community Management Council (MPKKOA) chairman Asrul Hussin, 31, said the issue of wild elephants threat in the village was not new to the people.

In fact, he said, the incident had occurred several times this year with the latest on Aug 8 and early this morning, putting the residents in constant fear.

"After the matter was reported to the state Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan), an investigation was carried out but no action was taken to chase the elephants away," he said.




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