‘Hi there chap, I’m your new mum’ How the pygmy elephant who broke hearts when its mother was poisoned is having fun again


Review: 5 Tissues! Grab the tissue box and get ready for a real tear jerker…this little pygmy elephant stole my heart! Don’t forget to send little Joe lots of love energy, he’s still not out of the woods…

  • Keeper Augustin David is providing 24 hour care for the pygmy elephant
  • Joe’s mother was one of 14 elephants to die of mysterious poisoning

By Paul Harris

5 February 2013

Even to a baby elephant, he surely can’t look much like mother.

But to a young orphan called Joe, this 29-year-old nature reserve keeper has become the next best thing.

The three-month-old pygmy elephant was pictured last week nuzzling his lifeless mother in a desperate attempt to revive her.

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Joe the baby pygmy elephant

Joe the baby pygmy elephant

Joe was visibly distressed as he nuzzled his lifeless mother in a desperate attempt to revive her
Why won’t you wake up, mummy? Joe was visibly distressed as he nuzzled his lifeless mother in a desperate attempt to revive her

His distress was so visible it moved wildlife officials to tears.

The mother had become the latest victim of a mysterious spate of poisoning in the tropical rainforest of Malaysia, one of 14 now known to have died.

Had Joe not been rescued he would almost certainly have stayed at his mother’s side until he starved to death. Frightened, thirsty and confused, he had lost weight and might have ingested poison through his mother’s milk.

Despite 24-hour care in the nature reserve now looking after him, experts feared Joe could still die of a broken heart.

Little Joe and his keeper indulge in a bit of horseplay now that they have formed a remarkable bond Getting to know you: Little Joe and his keeper indulge in a bit of horseplay now that they have formed a remarkable bond

Joe's new keeper Augustin seems to be enjoying it, but the elephant isn't so keen. Augustin said of the elephant that he 'has clear likes and dislikes'
Bath time: Joe’s new keeper Augustin seems to be enjoying it, but the elephant isn’t so keen. Augustin said of the elephant that he ‘has clear likes and dislikes’
Feeding: Keepers have found a special formula of milk which caters to Joe's nutritional needs
Feeding: Keepers have found a special formula of milk which caters to Joe’s nutritional needs

Then he was introduced to Augustin David. Now, in a remarkable bond between man and beast, the keeper has become Joe’s surrogate mum.

Like any parent, Augustin faces a gruelling schedule that requires feeding Joe every two hours, all through the night, with a particular mix of formula milk that the infant has a taste for.

Playtime involves him running Joe around the compound at Lok Kawi zoo near Kota Kinabalu, which the little elephant loves; and persuading him to keep still for bathtime, which he loathes.

‘He has clear likes and dislikes,’ Augustin said. ‘He loves suckling people’s thumbs – just like a human baby, it calms him.

But he doesn’t like showers, so we have to wash him in his pen. At the moment he is losing his baby skin so he likes to rub against anything because he’s itchy.’

Bond: The keeper and the inmate have formed an unusually close relationship at the wildlife centre
Bond: The keeper and the inmate have formed an unusually close relationship at the wildlife center

Friendly: So far, Joe seems to be adapting fairly well to life among humans after his mother's death

Friendly: So far, Joe seems to be adapting fairly well to life among humans after his mother’s death

Danger: But it is too soon to say for sure that the fun-loving elephant will survive his ordeal
Danger: But it is too soon to say for sure that the fun-loving elephant will survive his ordeal

He also loves attention. And when it’s not focused on him, he is not slow to let his adopted mother know.

He kicks Augustin in the legs or nudges up against him. ‘He’s active, playful and naughty,’ the keeper said proudly. In any other circumstances, this would be simply a delightful if rather bizarre partnership. At the moment, however, it is still a fight for life.

Dr Diana Ramirez, the vet overseeing Joe’s recovery, told the Daily Mail: ‘He is far from safety yet. It’s too soon to be sure that he will make it – sometimes baby elephants can look OK and then die suddenly.

‘They are very prone to colic and it can be fatal very quickly. Once he’s past six or seven months, we can be more confident. But he clearly has a strong will to survive.’

Chilling out: The elephant stretches in his new home as Augustin looks on at his protegé

Chilling out: The elephant stretches in his new home as Augustin looks on at his protegé
Like any parent, Augustin faces a gruelling schedule that requires feeding Joe every two hours, all through the night, with a particular mix of formula milk that the infant has a taste for
Surrogate mum: Like any parent, Augustin faces a gruelling schedule that requires feeding Joe every two hours, all through the night, with a particular mix of formula milk that the infant has a taste for

About two-thirds of the world’s diminishing population of Borneo pygmy elephants can be found in Malaysia.

Investigations are still being carried out to discover what wiped out the 14 adult elephants, and whether they were killed deliberately, by accidental contamination or infection. Last week it was claimed that palm oil plantation workers were responsible for poisoning the animals.

Experts believe the elephants could have eaten toxic substances laid to keep away ‘pests’ from the highly lucrative crop.

They live on land in the Gunung Rara Forest Reserve which is very close to palm oil fields.

Joe's mother is one of 14 known elephants to have died and investigations are still being carried out to discover what wiped them out and whether it was deliberate or accidental

Mysterious spate of poisoning: Joe’s mother is one of 14 known elephants to have died and investigations are still being carried out to discover what wiped them out and whether it was deliberate or accidental

Popular: The orphaned elephant has been a hit with handlers at the wildlife centre in Malaysia
Popular: The orphaned elephant has been a hit with handlers at the wildlife centre in Malaysia

All the animals that died still had their tusks and none bore gunshot wounds, indicating that poachers were not responsible.

The future? If he pulls through, Joe is likely to stay at the 280-acre park for the rest of his life – rescued elephants often have difficulty adapting to life in the wild.

He won’t be lonely. An instant family – the reserve’s 16 other injured and orphaned elephants – are waiting to be introduced.

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Malaysians gather in tens of thousands demanding political reforms


RT.com

Sun, 13 Jan 2013

© AFP Photo / Mohd Rasfan
Thousands of protesters gather at the historical Stadium Merdeka (Independence Stadium) during a rally for electorial reforms in Kuala Lumpur.

Tens of thousands Malaysians have come out to protest in the country’s capital against the government calling for reforms and possible ouster of the ruling coalition. The rally comes before Malaysia’s general elections, which are due by mid-2013.

According to local police, 80,000 people marched through Kuala Lumpur to the legendary Stadium Merdeka, where the current governing alliance declared independence from Britain in 1957, reported The Malaysian Insider.

Opposition estimates that the turnout was even higher, at about 100,000, according to Malaysia Kini.

Protesters’ demands included better electoral and environmental laws, improved education system, abolition of student loans and fair royalty payments to oil-producing states.

The opposition argues that the country’s electoral register is fraudulent and has pro-government bias.

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A protestor waves flag during a grand gathering at the historical Medeka Stadium (Independence Stadium) during a rally for electorial reforms in Kuala Lumpur.

During the rally people wore various bright colors including yellow and green, each representing an activist group.

The rally resembled a festival with food sellers and other vendors coming out to the streets. People carried flags and signs and some even wore Guy Fawkes masks, as popularized by the 2005 film V for Vendetta.

© AFP Photo / Mohd Rasfan
A protestor wearing a Guy Fawkes mask waves a Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) flag inside the historical Stadium Merdeka (Independence Stadium) as he takes part in an opposition rally ahead of looming elections in Kuala Lumpur.

Opposition leader Lim Guan Eng spoke at the protest urging for change from the country’s Prime Minister Najib Razak’s and his Barisan Nasional coalition, which has held power for the past 55 years.

The ruling coalition has been in control of Malaysia since independence from Britain.

“Our government is so corrupt. The government should listen to us. They need to reform. For more than 50 years they have ruled Malaysia,” rally participant Azlan Abu Bakar told News24.

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Malaysia opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim (C) shouts alogans during a grand gathering at the historical Medeka Stadium during a rally for electorial reforms in Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia’s national poet A. Samad Said read out some of his work to a cheering crowd.

“Even poems have become weapons,” he said. “I am already 80, I have always dreamed of witnessing a sea of souls. This is it, change now.”

Access to the stadium was granted by local authorities and the rally was peaceful, police reported.

© AFP Photo / Saeed Khan
Protestors march towards the historical Merdeka Stadium (Independence Stadium) during a rally for electorial reforms in Kuala Lumpur.

This stands in stark contrast to the previous demonstration held in April 2012 when at least 1,000 people were injured and hundreds detained after police Malaysian police fired teargas and chemical-laced water at 25,000 protesters gathered calling for electoral reforms.

The ruling government’s term is due to expire in April with elections to be held by mid-2013.

PM Razak’s bloc faces a new opposition force comprised of Anwar Ibrahim’s multi-ethnic party, the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party and Malaysian Chinese Association, party dominated by ethnic Chinese.

The ruling block has also been experiencing waning support. It lost more than a third of its seats in parliament to the opposition in 2008, as the charges of corruption grew.

 

9/11 Truth Goes Worldwide (With Your Help) James Corbett, The Corbett Report


Nov 26, 2012 by

SHOW NOTES AND MP3: http://www.corbettreport.com/?p=6216

Corbett Report Radio #259

Back from his trip to Malaysia to present at the “9/11 Revisited: Seeking the Truth” conference, James talks about the conference, who was there, how it went, and where it’s going from here. James also stresses the vital importance for everyone to take up the task of spreading this information to others in the alternative media revolution that is our last best hope to change this system for the better.