Iman Update: Sumatran Rhino Eating More; Gets Mud Pack To Chill

Iman gets a mud pack daily to cool her down as well as to prevent insects from biting her. – Photos courtesy of the Sabah Wildlife Department

KOTA KINABALU: Iman, Sabah’s last surviving female Sumatran rhinoceros is getting a mud pack daily to cool her down, now that she is ‘away’ from her usual mud wallow.

Apart from keeping her cool, the mud coat also helps prevent flies from biting her, Augustine Tuuga, director of the Sabah Wildlife Department disclosed in his latest statement on Iman’s health.


“She is eating more each day although it is still inadequate,” he said Saturday, adding there is still blood in her vaginal discharge.

“She has also consumed 1.5 kg of mixed (5 species) browse in the morning and another 1.5 kg in the afternoon. We plan to feed her more browse later at night when she wakes up at 8pm and 10pm.

Browse is usually young shoots and leaves which animals consume as part of their diet.

Tuuga also said that Iman was started on intravenous fluids and antibiotics at 10am and completed at 5.30pm, Saturday, and a total of seven litres of this mix was administered.

Iman yawing after waking up from a nap.

“She was not given Diazepam as her appetite is improving. She also browsed on the nangka leaves hung inside her night stall,” Tuuga added.

According to him, the rhino defecated once and urinated twice.

Iman, one of only two of the rare rhinoceros left in Sabah (Tam is the other) is suffering from cancer of the uterus.

She is being cared round the clock by veterinarians from the WSD and the Borneo Rhino Alliance (BORA) at the Tabin wildlife reserve.


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