- The Washington Times - Monday, September 21, 2015

A beloved Sumatran elephant has joined Cecil the lion.

Yongki was found killed and had his tusks removed leaving “just bloody stumps,” according to the Indonesian national park that had been protecting him from, among other things, ivory poachers.

The elephant was famous in his native country for helping Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park rangers patrol his habitat.

“We are mourning the loss of an elephant who has been helping us in handling conflicts and helping forest rangers patrol the forest, and he was a good elephant,” Nazaruddin, a park official who goes by one name, told Agence France-Presse.

According to a report at Fusion, Yongki also helped park rangers calm other elephants, who can threaten villages by going into apparently unmotivated stampedes, and was a bit of a star in his home country.

The report of the slaying — Yongki was chained at the time and may have been poisoned, the better to keep the ivory intact —prompted a storm of protests on Indonesian social media, using the hashtag #RIPYongki.

As of Monday, Yongki’s death hadn’t made the kind of waves in the English-speaking world that the death of Cecil in Zimbabwe at the hands on an American big-game hunter.

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