Tapir trapped in swamp rescued


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  • Sunday, 28 May 2017

BALING: A 100kg tapir injured itself when it fell into a swamp at an oil palm plantation.

“It looked very tired,” said villager Zakaria Senawi, 65, after the animal was rescued.

He believed that the tapir had lost its way before it fell into the swamp in Kampung Charok Kelian here.

The herbivorous mammal, with injuries to its head and eyes, was found by the villagers at about 8.30am yesterday.

Baling District Civil Defence Force officer Mohd Faizol Ab. Aziz said they received a distress call at about 9.10am.

Saved at last: Baling District Civil Defence Force personnel getting ready to transport the injured tapir from the swamp in Kampung Charok Kelian, Baling, to the Wildlife Department.
Saved at last: Baling District Civil Defence Force personnel getting ready to transport the injured tapir from the swamp in Kampung Charok Kelian, Baling, to the Wildlife Department.

“The animal, weighing about 100kg, is believed to have been separated from its group,” he said. “It was exhausted, probably due to hunger.”

Mohd Faizol said four of his personnel, together with the help of firemen, wildlife officers and villagers, took about 30 minutes to pull the tapir out from the swamp.

It was later handed over to the state Wildlife Department.

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