Malaysia's last female Sumatran rhino requires urgent surgery
January 09 2018 07:07 PM

dpa/Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia is keeping a close eye on Iman, the country's last female Sumatran rhino, who has been suffering from uterus bleeding since December last year, local media reported Tuesday.

Sabah Wildlife Department director Augustine Tuuga said they are in touch with veterinarians from America, Africa and Germany on potential treatment methods to stop Iman's bleeding, according to Malaysian newspaper The Star.
"The best option is to do an endoscopic cauterising of the bleeder(s) but at the moment, this procedure is too risky due to her weak condition. We will use non-invasive means to reduce the bleeding from the cervix and vagina," the report quotes Augustine as saying.
In June last year, another rhino named Puntung was put to sleep as it suffered from cancer, The Star reported, stating there is another lone male rhino in captivity in the state of Sabah named Tam.
Reports say there are only 100 Sumatran rhinos left in the world, most of them in Sumatra and Kalimantan in Indonesia.

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