"I thought that the unit dropped, which happens often for males," Goossens told The Dodo. "They find ways to get rid of the unit on the belt by rubbing on trees. And since it was in a protected forest reserve, and that WRU was busy with other rescues, I did not worry too much."
WARNING: Disturbing images below
Then, on December 26, the team at WRU discovered a shocking scene - the body of a 40-year-old male who had been brutally murdered for his ivory. It wasn't Sabre, but this other elephant had been killed about a mile from the location of Sabre's satellite collar. So Goossens asked the WRU to investigate.
"I had a really bad feeling about it," Goossens said. "And indeed, my team and the Wildlife Rescue Unit found Sabre's remains with the collar next to it."