JAKARTA, NNC – The Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya Bakar invites all parties to maintain and protect the habitat of Sumatran elephants and other endangered and protected species in order for Indonesian fauna to be safeguarded and have sustainable lives.
Minister Siti Nurbaya specifically responded and explained the condition of Erin, a Sumatran elephant whose trunk was severed, in her facebook page, monitored at Bandar Lampung on Sunday. Erin is still having trouble eating on her own and relies on her keeper.
Erin, the four-year-old female elephant (Elephas maximus sumatrensis) was first discovered on June 23, 2016 by Elephant Response Unit Team of Way Kambas National Park on the border of Rawa Arjo, RPTN Susukan Baru.
She was suspectedly caught in a hunter trap mounted to trap deers and wild boars, causing her trunk to be severed. Minister Siti wrote that Erin was directly treated at Way Kambas Elephant Hospital.
“Now her condition is getting better with her body weight reaches 470 kg or almost doubled from the time she was found, every day she receives special treatment by doctors and medical team at the Elephant Hospital,” said Siti Nurbaya, Sunday (3/25/2018).
According to her, Erin’s condition is getting healthier. She is active, has high appetite, able to perform normal activity, and show no symptoms of stress. In regards to the wound on Erin’s ears that was reported to be fungal disease, results of from the observation team is that it she is being treated with ointment to treat bees’ stings.
According to Siti, the care of Erin the elephant is in accordance with the health procedures. On March 23, a health evaluation was also conducted by a team of doctors consisting of representatives of Directorate of KKH (Febriany Iskandar, Joko Nugroho), Dr drh Ligaya Tumbelaka (FKH IPB, PKBSI, PDHI), drh Diah Esti Anggraini (PLG Way Kambas), PLG Coordinator (Elisabeth Dwi), and representatives of BKSDA Bengkulu (Mukhlas).
Erin is also given food, supplements and medication in accordance with her medical needs. She has also been given rabies and antitetanus vaccinations
“There is always someone who accompanies Erin, she has a special sitter named Mister Suko. She is never alone to protect her from any harm, until she is fully healthy again,” said Siti.
“I strongly condemn crimes against these protected animals, and have asked the Director General of Law Enforcement to always be vigilant in hunting down the perpetrators of this kind of animal crime. There should not be the next Erins. I also appreciate the prompt response of Elephant Response Unit Team of Way Kambas National Park who found and evacuated Erin,” said Siti Nurbaya.
According to Siti, what happens to Erin will always be our reminder to keep the Sumatran elephant habitat safe and we need the participation of all parties to guard and protect it.