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Borneo’s Pygmy Elephants

24 May

Borneo’s Pygmy Elephants – Directed by Michael Patrick Wong. Animal Documentary. A separate and hitherto unrecorded species of elephant is tracked through the jungle by a naturalist/ranger. Color 2009.

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In this Animal Planet documentary, Bert Dausip, a young naturalist, tracks the elephants, and, eventually, they accept and befriend him. They are a shy small elephant living in one section of eastern Borneo, and they were until recently considered to be escapees and pests. But Dausip bring evidence that they are separate from African and Asian elephants. He’s a fine young man, with black hair down to the middle of his back, and a comfort in these dense jungles which he himself was reared in. Like Sabu whom he resembles and who also had a special relationship with elephants, he is quite endearing, as are, of course, the elephants we meet and get to know. The land through which we move is strange, curious, perilous. And very beautiful. As is this story.

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