AFTER almost a decade of leading a stress-free life, Kuning, one of animal sanctuary Furry Friend’s Farm (FFF) most treasured residents, succumbed to cancer on Friday (Sept 24) afternoon.
According to FFF president Myza Nordin, the 17-year-old Kuning had been in poor health for quite a while but had not given up easily.
“He would struggle to stand up and walk around even though he was getting weak,’’ said Myza, in tears.
Kuning had made headlines in 2009 when he helped a group of people rescue dogs dumped on the desolate Pulau Selat Kering by Pulau Ketam residents.
The residents had dumped the dogs on the mangrove island because they felt there were far too many of them around and some of the canines that were banished included pets.
Kuning and another dog Hitam, watchdogs on a fish farm pontoon located between the two islands had swum with rescuers to the island to reach the abandoned dogs.
Kuning was also seen, on many occasions, swimming with a group of the abandoned dogs from Pulau Selat Kering to the pontoon and it was believed he was leading them to safety.
The canine’s feat received wide coverage in the media, including The Star, during the peak of the rescue mission.
The main players in the rescue mission were FFF, which was then led by its founder, the late Sabrina Yeap, and Selangor SPCA.
“Of the dogs that were rescued, 24 came to live in FFF. With Kuning gone, there is only one Pulau Ketam survivor, Macho, left at the sanctuary now,’’ Myza said.
At the end of the rescue exercise, Hitam remained at the fish farm while Kuning followed Yeap to FFF.
Hitam died at the fish farm of poisoning not long after the Pulau Selat Kering rescue operations ended.
Kuning was buried at the FFF sanctuary where he had led a happy life filled with much love and attention.