Liew Praised SWD-WRU Joint Effort to Save an Elephant Calf

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The elephant calf trapped in its near watery grave

KOTA KINABALU: Effort on the part of the team from the Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) and Wildlife Rescue Unit (WRU) to save an elephant calf from its near watery grave at Melangking in Sukau, Kinabatangan on Dec 27, is commendable, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew.

She said a five-member team from SWD, WRU and Melangking
Oil-Palm Plantation (MOPP), led by veterinarian Dr Navanita Roopan, was involved
in the calf rescue work.

“The team received a  report that an elephant calf had fallen into a drain
and got trapped under a broken bridge. The team immediately rushed to the spot
to check out the situation. The rescuers managed to physically pull out the
calf from the hole with no possible moving space.

“In doing their best, their speedy action had saved
the poor calf from losing its life. It had not attained any severe injury. The
calf was released to the mother elephant then and there.

Rescuing the poor calf

“Keep up the good work in saving elephants in need. We hope to see more concerted effort in this direction,” Liew, who is also Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, said in a statement issued here, Monday.

When the team arrived at the location, they found the mother elephant and its herd helplessly surrounding the spot. Without delay, the elephants were scared away to a distance for the calf’s safety.

A nearby plantation offered a backhoe to assist the rescue team but due to a delay, the team decided to conduct the rescue work themselves as the calf, mother elephant and herd were getting stressed.

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