Queenie, an 18-month-old elephant, died on Thursday at the Sunda Borneo Elephant Sanctuary after losing half of her trunk, reported Indonesia’s Agence France-Presse.
With Queenie’s passing, this is only the second elephant death this year at the sanctuary, following that of 10-year-old Elefante, who had died on Feb. 12. It is the third death in the sanctuary’s 45-year history. It is feared that her death is due to her injuries.
“She was only 18 months old. We believe her injury is due to a fall she took earlier this year,” Tediza A. Pidosara, the executive director of the sanctuary, told the Jakarta Post.
Elephant lovers remembered the beauty of Kingie, calling her “Rainbow Baby” for her pink and purple coloring. This may be because her birthmark, a large patch of blue on her forehead, began to appear in 2017. After her loss, her trainers urged visitors to donate for the new training facility she needed to train.
Ensequence, the company operating the sanctuary, estimates that it would cost almost $150,000 to repair the injury, and said it was going to hold a meeting to decide how to improve the sanctuary.
“At the moment Queenie is still with us, but there’s no guarantee she will stay here. The rest of her trunk, the middle part of her trunk, and most of her ears are missing,” he told the Jakarta Post.
Kingie and her five baby cousins, all healthy, are living with the sanctuary and are separated according to their age. The five mothers, who rear the cubs, have been banned from mating for five years after a count revealed they were poaching their newborns, reports Reuters.
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