Stray elephant involved in crash in Kuala Terengganu captured, says district police chief

KUALA TERENGGANU: A female elephant, involved in an accident with a vehicle in Kampung Kolam, Setiu, near here last night, was captured on Saturday.

Setiu district police chief, DSP Afandi Husin, said that the elephant was captured by the Wildlife and National Parks of the Besut Department (Perhilitan), around Telaga Papan, Setiu at 1pm.

“It was caught in an area of oil palm plantations, near a village, which is about 20km from the location of the accident.

“The elephant will be relocated either in Gerik, Perak or Hulu Terengganu, away from human settlements,” he said when contacted by Bernama on Saturday (March 16).

Earlier, Bernama reported that Sharul Azma Che Samaon, 42, escaped unhurt when the Porsche Cayenne he was driving crashed into a stray elephant in the middle of the road at KM45, Kampung Kolam, on Jalan Kuala Terengganu – Kampung Raja, on Friday (March 15) night.

However, the vehicle’s windscreen, bumpers and lights were damaged in the incident, in addition to dents in the bonnet and fenders.

The elephant was seen roaming in the area at 6.30pm on Saturday and was reported to have been injured in the leg, and fell at the scene before fleeing into the nearby forest about 10 minutes later. – Bernama