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Prosthetic Limb Helps “Selendang” To Walk Again

 

TEMERLOH – Export-Import Bank of Malaysia Berhad (EXIM Bank) chairman Datuk Mat Noor Rawi could not hide his joy on meeting Selendang, the 12-year-old female elephant who resides at the National Elephant Conservation Centre (NECC) in Kuala Gandah here.

Mat Noor occasionally glanced at Selendang’s left foot, and a feeling of satisfaction crept over him looking at the RM9,000 prosthetic leg sponsored by the bank after the elephant lost her limb at the age of two.

It was with the help of that prosthetic limb that she is able to walk again.

“This is the first time I’m seeing her. I’m glad to see that Selendang can move easily and her body language shows that our prosthetic leg fitted her perfectly.

“We will continue following Selendang’s development because the leg needs to be replaced according to her weight,” he told Bernama when met at NECC here today.

Selendang, also known as Miss Tripod at the centre, suffered permanent disability after walking into poachers’ wire snares at Felda Selendang 3, Rompin, near here 10 years ago.

The unfortunate animal received its first first prosthetic leg in 2012 and so far, has used six of such legs because the leg needs to be changed as she grows bigger.

Mat Noor said, EXIM Bank also sponsored the upgrading of the NECC information centre which he described as ?timely’ for the World Elephant Day will be celebrated on Saturday.

“We also took the initiative to print 20,000 brochures related to the centre and basic information on elephants in Malay and English because earlier the brochures were available only in one language.

“Many foreign tourists visit the centre, and it would be better if they could also understand the information presented along with attractive layouts,” he said.

Mat Noor added that EXIM Bank’s involvement was part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes.

He also did not rule out the possibility that EXIM Bank will collaborate with other animal conservation centres in support of efforts to protect wild animals or endangered species.

In conjunction with the World Elephant Day celebration, NECC is organising various activities such as colouring contests, treasure hunt, ‘elephant talks’ and photography contest using smart phone for free.

— BERNAMA