DEC 19, 2017 4:22 AM PST

Malaysia's Last Surviving Sumatran Rhino Battles Health Problems

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

The World Wildlife Fund recognizes the Sumatran Rhinoceros as a "critically endangered" animal species. That said, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand why animal care experts are doing everything they can to help Malaysia’s last surviving specimen after she suddenly became gravely ill.

An image of a Sumatran Rhinoceros.

Image Credit: Borneo Rhino Alliance

She goes by the name Iman, and as it would seem, she’s having a bit of trouble with uterine leiomyoma tumors that began bleeding three or so days ago. Animal experts at the scene believe that one of these tumors may have ruptured, causing discomfort in addition to the bleeding.

Related: An attempt to save the rare Sumatran Rhino

Veterinarians typically treat these kinds of conditions with both medicine and supplements, but that doesn’t seem to be working in Iman’s case. She continues to refuse all food that the medical professionals offer her, and she becomes exceedingly aggressive whenever anyone approaches her.

“This time, Iman is refusing to leave her mud wallow, and she has hardly eaten, so the usual treatment has not been possible. She charges at anyone who comes near,” said Augustine Tuuga, the director of Sabah Wildlife Department.

Related: Sumatran Rhino born in an Indonesian sanctuary

To make matters worse, excess rainfall has turned Iman’s habitat in the Tabin Forest Reserve of Sabah into a swampy, mushy mess. That said, accessing the animal is even more challenging than usual.

Sadly, the animal experts’ inability to treat Iman safely means that she’s mostly on her own regarding her recovery. All they can do is monitor her situation from a safe distance, and things purportedly don’t too hopeful at this point.

With fewer than 100 Sumatran Rhinoceroses in the world, every single living specimen makes a difference for animal conservation efforts. We can only hope that no other Sumatran Rhinos suffer from the same problems as Iman.

Source: Mongabay

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
FEB 02, 2021
Plants & Animals
The Vocal Dialects of Naked Mole Rats
FEB 02, 2021
The Vocal Dialects of Naked Mole Rats
Humans aren't the only creatures with dialects that are specific to certain regions. It seems that colonies of naked mol ...
MAR 14, 2021
Plants & Animals
Habitat Recreation Coaxes Captive Lemurs Into Hibernation
MAR 14, 2021
Habitat Recreation Coaxes Captive Lemurs Into Hibernation
Many types of lemurs live in the forests of Madagascar, a large island off the coast of Africa. In the wild, the fat-tai ...
MAR 23, 2021
Chemistry & Physics
Honeybees send chemical messages by "twerking"
MAR 23, 2021
Honeybees send chemical messages by "twerking"
Remember playing telephone as a kid (or an adult)? It always brings a laugh when you try to pass a word or sentence alon ...
MAR 28, 2021
Plants & Animals
The Protein That Carnivorous Plants Use To Hunt
MAR 28, 2021
The Protein That Carnivorous Plants Use To Hunt
The Venus flytrap is famous for its ability to snap its leaves shut when they're triggered by the touch of an insect. Re ...
MAY 19, 2021
Cell & Molecular Biology
How Plant Cell Walls Stay Strong but Flexible
MAY 19, 2021
How Plant Cell Walls Stay Strong but Flexible
Plant cell walls have a special ability to expand without breaking or weakening, which is crucial for plant growth. New ...
JUN 13, 2021
Cell & Molecular Biology
The DNA Content of a Cell Helps Control Its Size
JUN 13, 2021
The DNA Content of a Cell Helps Control Its Size
Cells have to maintain the right size; bacterial and eukaryotic cells tend to have a characteristic size, but that may a ...
Loading Comments...