A chained-up elephant in a remote Cambodian province was poisoned and its tusks removed for sale on the black market, police said Tuesday.
The tusks could fetch thousands of dollars in the illegal wildlife trade, police said.
The elephant belonged to a man in Ratanakiri, one of Cambodia's wilder provinces, and it appeared that poachers had fed it poisoned jack fruit, the Associated Press reported.
During decades of civil strife, Cambodia's forests were relatively safe from poachers. But the advent of peace and a legacy of poverty have meant new dangers for animals that have disppeared from other parts of Southeast Asia.