Australian woman mauled to death by elephant

An Australian woman died on Borneo Island in Malaysia after being mauled by a pygmy elephant in a wildlife park.

The 25-year-old woman has been identified as Jenna O’Grady Donley from Sydney by Malaysian newspaper The Star.

Ms Donley had gone trekking with a friend and a local guide in the Tabin Wildlife Reserve in Sabah state yesterday when they were attacked by the rare pygmy elephant. These pygmy elephants are unique to Borneo.

According to the state wildlife department director Laurentius Ambu, the elephant’s tusk pierced Ms Donley and she died instantly. However, the guide and the other woman managed to get away.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) confirmed that a 25-year-old from NSW had died in Malaysia and that her death was believed to be the result of an elephant attack.

“We are providing consular assistance to her family in Australia,” DFAT said in a statement yesterday.

“The family has requested that their privacy be respected.”

The elephant bull may have been startled when the two tourists tried to photograph it and charged at them, Ambu said.