By Cecilia Sman
Protected bird found dead in rubbish bin, 3 men suspected of capturing it in police custody.
The three men suspected of poaching hornbills, a totally protected bird in the state, at Piasau Garden here on Tuesday were arrested by police yesterday evening.
Although their arrest assuaged the anger and pain of people here, their prayers and hope that the captured bird affectionately named Faridah by frequent visitors to the park would be found alive were dashed, when the suspected thieves confessed it died on the day they caught it.
They led the police to recover the carcass of the bird from the rubbish bulk bin at Jalan Datuk Edward Jeli in Piasau.
Piasau Camp Nature Park Society (PCNPS) pro tem chairman, Datuk Sebastian Ting and several other committee members were present when the carcass of the bird was recovered.
A distressed Ting said, “This should not have happened, we are trying hard to protect these birds and they hunted them at Piasau Garden. We appeal to the public not to kill or hunt the totally protected wildlife to prevent their extinction,” he said.
Ting said in memory of Faridah the society would organise the 5th Hornbill Walk at 2pm Sunday at the camp.
He urged the public to support the walk and called on the government to gazette the camp as permanent nature park for the conservation of the hornbills and wildlife. More....