Sunday September 2, 2012
Gaur gores man to death
By MANJIT KAUR
IPOH: A gaur (seladang) gored a rubber tapper to death in the Royal Belum State Park in Grik as his friends watched in horror.
Musa Ismail, 56, (pic) of Felda Bersia, who suffered serious wounds in his abdomen, died two-and-half hours later after the incident which happened at about 6pm on Friday.
The gaur had earlier charged at two of his friends, Isa Abdullah, 24, whose left hand and leg were broken, and Abd Mohd Sharifudin A. Manas, 35, who managed to escape unhurt.
Sharifudin, also a rubber tapper, said the three of them were going down a hill at Hulu Air Pasir to the Sg Pasir river to lay fish traps when the animal appeared suddenly and charged at them.
“Isa was the first one to be attacked, after which the gaur went for Musa. I managed to run back towards the hill,” he said.
He said the animal then disappeared into the thick undergrowth.
“There was nothing I could do but watch in horror as my friends were being attacked ferociously by the animal,” he added.
Sharifudin said while he tried to stop Musa's bleeding with a towel, Isa who was in great pain from his injuries, managed to call a friend for help with his handphone.
“I was also reciting prayers. That was all I could do because it was getting dark,” he said, adding that Musa, however, died at about 8.30pm.
Grik OCPD Supt Abdul Manab Baharum said the survivors were rescued from the park at about 1.45am yesterday in an operation involving some 30 personnel.
Musa's body was only brought out hours later.
“We believe that the three men encroached into the state park via an illegal trek at KM68.4 of the East Coast Expressway.
“Our advice is, do not to enter the Royal Belum without seeking permission to prevent tragedies,” he said.
The gaur is the largest species of wild cattle that are bigger than the African buffalo and wild water buffalo.
The Malayan gaur (bos gaurus habbacki), commonly called seladang, found in southern Thailand and in the peninsula, is the smallest subspecies of the bovines.