Wild Tapir Hit By Car While Crossing Road In Terengganu
No lives lost.
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A wild tapir was involved in a car accident at Jalan Bukit Besi near Kampung Seradang in Terengganu.
According to Sinar Harian, the incident happened earlier today at 7am, resulting in injuries to the tapir and two drivers but thankfully no casualties.
According to those involved in the accident, the tapir suddenly emerged from the trees, believed to be wanting to cross the road to enter the jungle. However, it was hit by a car which could not stop in time. The car then spun onto the road, where it hit another car from opposing traffic.
Seekor tapir masih mampu berjalan sebelum ‘terduduk’ di tepi jalan akibat dirempuh kereta.— Mohd Redzuan Abdul Manap (@redzuanNewsMPB) September 28, 2020
Dalam kejadian di Jalan Bukit Besi berhampiran Kg Serdang,Dungun dua kereta alami kerosakan kerana cuba elak tapir yang melintas secara tiba tiba itu. pic.twitter.com/x6nhhSqxJL
The tapir was seen heavily injured with blood staining the road, while both cars were in bad shape. The tapir then crossed the road to lie in the grass to recuperate.
The Department of Wildlife (Perhilitan) Terengganu director, Dr Abdul Malek Mohd Yusof later noted that the adult tapir fled into the jungle in an injured condition.
Sadly, the fact that the tapir is merely injured- and not killed- is good news. From 2015 to 2019, 2,055 wild animals met their deaths on Malaysian roads. 66 of those were tapirs.
Kita kehilangan sebanyak 2,055 ekor hidupan liar di atas jalan raya dari tahun 2015 hingga 2019.— Kementerian Tenaga dan Sumber Asli (@KeTSAMalaysia) September 18, 2020
Papan tanda amaran lintasan haiwan di jalan raya bukan diletak suka-suka. Berhati-hati dan berwaspadalah setiap kali anda memandu di kawasan-kawasan ini.#roadkill #hidupanliar pic.twitter.com/UbtMzVNFeB
The Malaysia Animal Association also reported the case, claiming that the extinction of wild animals in the country is driven by the loss of habitat due to uncontrolled and illegal logging.
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Anne is an advocate of sustainable living and the circular economy, and has managed to mum-nag the team into using reusable containers to tapau food. She is also a proud parent of 4 cats and 1 rabbit.