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Abandoned baby Borneo Pygmy elephant rescued

 

Sabah Wildlife Department's Wildlife Rescue Unit / Reuters

Members of the Wildlife Rescue Unit of Sabah's Wildlife Department pet a newly rescued baby elephant in Lahad Datu in Malaysia's state of Sabah on Borneo island, in this handout photo released by Sabah Wildlife Department's Wildlife Rescue Unit to Reuters on Jan. 25, 2012.

New Straits Times reports: An abandoned male baby elephant, believed to be a few weeks old, was rescued by the Sabah Wildlife Department's Wildlife Rescue Unit at a plantation, about 40km from here, on Saturday. Calling it the "Chinese New Year miracle", the team said it was alerted by the plantation workers who found the baby elephant in a deep moat and unable to move.

The population of Borneo Pygmy elephants in Sabah is dwindling fast, with only 2,000 left in the wild.