Rare ‘saber-toothed’ elephant found in Sabah (Malaysia)


Melissa Leong, New Straits Times

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The Sabah Wildlife Department has made an unusual discovery – an elephants with turned down tusks, almost resembling that of a prehistoric saber-toothed tiger. 
The department’s assistant director Dr Sen Nathan said the team found the elephant while trans-locating a herd from Felda Umas in Tawau to a new area. “This is a rare find, but all elephants are unique on its own,” he said. The elephants will be released in an undisclosed protected forest. Bornean Pygmy elephants are listed as endangered species under the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources or IUCN.