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Orphaned pygmy elephant recovers

A three month old pygmy elephant named Joe is getting some attention from a caretaker who, for now, is his only family.

Joe was orphaned recently when his mother and 13 other pygmy elephants were found dead in a rainforest near a plantation in Borneo.

Results from an investigation are set to be released soon, but early speculation suggests the elephants died after eating something poisonous... perhaps left by plantation workers to stop wild animals from eating their crops.

Borneo Island is home to several endangered species like the Orangutan, the clouded leopard and these pygmy elephants, which are small and more gentle than other Asian elephants.

The WWF estimates there are less than 1500 of these elephants left in the wild.

 

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