A baby Borneo elephant was rescued by the Wildlife Rescue Unit (WRU) in early August 2020, after local residents saw it wandering around the Malue Reserve. The Wildlife Rescue Unit operates under the Sabah Wildlife Department. It is fully funded by the Malaysia Palm Oil Council and the British conservation group, Orangutan Appeal UK.

The WRU team led by veterinarian Dr. Roopan arrived immediately to locate and capture the calf. Roopan and the team gave critical care to the baby, who was dehydrated and in need of feeding. 

No herd was found after searching the area, so the calf was transferred to the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park for further care and monitoring until it regains its health. Meanwhile, the search for the baby’s herd continues in hopes of eventually reuniting the baby with its family. 

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