Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Looking through the eye of a rhino

You wouldn't see anything great looking through one - just a simple eye that is dark in nature, a little bluish on the sides, more wrinkled skin around it.. then you start to see the rough eyebrow. The animal might've been seeing something else, that was so different, a large eye with another weird  bipedal animal behind it.. and it suddenly burst with a flash, and again!

"Neeeee!" it said.
"niiiih" I said.
Suddenly we were friends.

I visited the recently captured Sumatran rhino who decided to venture out of the smallish Kretam Forest Reserve into an oil palm plantation. Suddenly we became concerned and capture operation was launched - although it failed to create any surprise, not even a tiny bit. "Kretam" walked into the crate. Closed. Lifted onto a truck. Sent to a paddock. Released. No surprise at all.

Only, Kretam is a bloke, hardly capable of becoming pregnant!

Dedi Chandra, a Vet from Way Kambas (Indonesian captive rhino facility) is now with him and taking care of him. Dedi said, looking at his appearance, he might still be reproductively sound. We need a girl for him, obviously. Fiffy, why haven't you visit him?

Top right: Mr Rashid Saburi (Officer In Charge for Tabin WR and Kulamba WR), Dr Dedi Chandra and I, just before I left Tam's paddock Tuesday.

Lower left: Tam's begging eye. This is one of the rare time when people get to see the real color of a Sumatran rhino - otherwise he color will always be "muddy".

Hamid (Still with a little bit of that nostalgic smell)

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