Sabah Wildlife Dept rescues Bornean Pygmy elephant calf from plantation


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  • Tuesday, 24 Dec 2019

Sabah Wildlife Rescue Units staff Dr K. Uma Maheswary (left) and Dr Arnold Supil are working through the Christmas holidays as they keep a close eye on Malu, a Borneo Pygmy elephant calf that was found abandoned by its herd in a plantation near Sabah's east coast Malua Forest Reserve in Kinabatangan.

KOTA KINABALU: A baby Bornean Pygmy elephant that apparently strayed from its herd was rescued by wildlife rangers from a plantation close to the Malua forest reserve in the east coast Kinabatangan district.

The two-month-old calf was found wandering in the workers quarters' area of a plantation on Dec 19.

A Wildlife Rescue Unit team was rushed to the area to locate the calf that is believed to been abandoned by its herd, said Sabah Wildlife Department assistant director Dr Sen Nathan on Tuesday (Dec 24).

He said the herd could not be traced after it apparently crossed a nearby river and went into a forested area.

"The team decided to take the calf to the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre for further veterinary care," he said, adding that they named the calf "Malu."

Malu is doing well and taking its milk feed but veterinarians are keeping a close watch on the young calf's condition, added Dr Sen.

He said the Wildlife Rescue Unit's veterinarians Dr K. Uma Maheswary and Dr Arnold Supil were closely monitoring the condition of the calf and were working through the Christmas holidays.

In a Facebook posting earlier Tuesday, Dr Sen wrote "as the rest of us gather around with our family members in the warmth of our homes, these two unsung heroes will be spending Christmas taking care of a recently orphaned baby Bornean elephant. Meet, Malu a female Bornean elephant."

He said the calf was "friendly and lovable" and was hopeful that under the care of the Wildlife Rescue Unit, Malu would be able to find its way back into the wild.

He thanked the Malaysian Palm Oil Council and the Orangutan Appeal UK for funding the rescue of the calf.

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