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24 May 2010 :: 16:05:58 pm 22052

Young Pygmy Elephant Calf Found Dying in Plantation

Wildlife authorities rescued a six month old elephant calf that had been separated from its mother and found dehydrated and dying in a plantation.
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Malaysia, 24th May 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Plantation workers alerted the wild life authorities in Eastern Sabah state on Borneo island when they came across a young dehydrated elephant calf dying in a plantation. The calf had been separated from its mother and was said to have been in the plantation for at least three days before its rescue last week.

The six month old elephant is an endangered Borneo Pygmy elephant calf and could have died as they are unable to fend for themselves until they are at least three years old. A calf relies entirely on its mother’s milk and would not usually have lived after three days without her.

The first 24 hours were critical as the calf refused the milk formula offered, but has now got used to it and is drinking from the bottle. Its condition is now stable and is recovering well.

Pygmy elephants are a sub species of Asian elephants and are unique to Borneo.  They are more rounded in appearance with males standing at only 2.5 meters compared to the 3meters for Asian elephants.

It is said there are around 1,500-2,000 pygmy elephants left on Borneo island and are fast losing their natural habitat due to deforestation and human encroachment.

Victoria Pollard

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