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Sabah pygmy elephant donated to US zoo is pregnant!

Sabah pygmy elephant donated to US zoo is pregnant!

Tasneem Nazari

A pygmy elephant donated to Oregon zoo in the United States by Sabah is expecting her first calf!

Chendra, now 26 years old, was given to the zoo in 1999 after she was rescued from a palm oil plantation in Tawau. Found an orphan, her age and injuries meant that she couldn’t be released back into the wild. Which makes her pregnancy now such a touching one.

The zoo care staff aren’t entirely sure which of the male elephants had mated with the Chendra but are sure it must have been one of two Siamese (Thai) elephants which have been seen hanging around her.


The report by Oregon Zoo about the pregnancy believes that she must have conceived sometime in January this year, based on her pregnancy status.


Sabah Wildlife Department assistant director Dr Sen Nathan (and us!) was overjoyed over the news of Chendra’s pregnancy. He said that her calf will be known as an Asian elephant when it’s born.

He also reported that Chendra was recently diagnosed with a lung infection and that veterinarians are doing their level best to ensure the health of both mother and calf.


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