KOTA KINABALU: Wildlife Rescue Unit (WRU) rangers are trying to reunite a baby Borneo pygmy elephant, which strayed into a plantation in Tawau, with its mother.
The elephant calf was found within the estate’s management compound at about 6.30am yesterday.
The rangers rushed to the plantation after being notified by the management.
The health of the calf, which is just weeks old, is being assessed by WRU veterinarians who are trying to determined if it needs care.
They are also trying to find out if the calf was separated from its herd or abandoned by its mother.
When contacted, Sabah Wildlife Department director Datuk Augustine Tuuga said that they were already in the process of locating a herd that was moving around the area.“The herd is along the riparian reserve adjacent to the forest reserve.
“The baby elephant could belong to that herd,” he said.
It is understood that the calf may be placed in captive care, if rangers are unable to reunite it with the herd.
On the condition of another elephant that was being treated at a plantation in Telupid on May 27, Tuuga said the animal was improving though it was still not out of the woods.“Our team is monitoring it through the day to clean up its wounds, feed and shower it,” he said, adding that it remained on a sling, so they could treat its wound.
“The sling was slightly loosened up but still remains tight enough to prevent the animal from getting out of it,” he said.
Asked if the elephant was a victim of poachers, Tuuga said they did not find a bullet on the injury located on the left side of the elephant.
“We are still not sure what caused the injury,” he said.
The elephant was thought to be dead when it was found.