Published: Saturday September 1, 2012 MYT 7:45:00 PM
Updated: Saturday September 1, 2012 MYT 7:52:08 PM
Gaur gores man to death, injures his friend
IPOH: A man was gored to death and his friend was injured after a gaur, a massive wild ox, attacked them when they were on a fishing trip at the Royal Belum Forest Reserve in Hulu Air Pasir, Banding near Gerik on Friday.
Gerik police chief Supt Abdul Manab Baharum said Daturday that Musa Ismail, 56, was gored in the stomach while his friend Isa Abdullah, 24, broke a leg and hand.
Two other friends, however, escaped injury, he said, adding that the incident happened between 3pm and 6pm after the four had entered the forest reserve via a trail at KM68.4 of the East Coast Highway.
"As they were walking towards the location to set up their fish traps a gaur appeared out of nowhere and attacked them," he told Bernama.
After the animal ran away, one of the friends who was not injured, used his handphone to call up other friends for help.
He said they (friends) alerted the police who immediately mobilised a search and rescue team, which included members of the Fire and Rescue Department, Rela, Civil Defence Department and local villagers.
"Because of the mountainous terrain, the team only managed to reach them at 1am. We also had difficulty bringing them out and only managed to do so at 6.30am on Saturday.
"The dead and injured were sent to the Gerik Hospital," he said.
Abdul Manab also advised members of the public not to enter the reserve for fishing or gathering herbs without a valid permit from the authorities as they risked their safety. - Bernama