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Pygmy elephant gores Australian tourist to death

Australian vet Jenna O’Grady Donley died from injuries she sustained in the attack while on holidays in Malaysia.

File photo of pygmy elephants in Sabah state on Borneo Island, Malaysia.
File photo of pygmy elephants in Sabah state on Borneo Island, Malaysia.
Image: AP Photo/Vincent Thian/PA Images

A MALAYSIAN official says a pygmy elephant has fatally gored an Australian tourist in a remote area of Borneo Island in Malaysia.

Sabah state wildlife department director Laurentius Ambu says Australian Jenna O’Grady Donley died of injuries from the attack yesterday at the Tabin Wildlife Reserve.

He says Donley was gored as she, a friend and their Malaysian guide were trekking near a mud volcano.

Ambu said today that Donley, a 25-year-old veterinarian from Sydney, might have gone too close to the elephant.

Rangers are searching for the elephant and plan to drive it back into the forest.

Borneo pygmy elephants are smaller than other Asian elephants and are considered endangered, according to the World Wildlife Fund, with less than 2,000 left in Sabah state.

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