Thanks to his unusual tusks, Sabre was one of the rarest elephants around. After he was found by wildlife authorities, then, the majestic animal was transported to a tranquil patch of forest and given a satellite collar so he could be monitored. But, unfortunately, it seemed that nothing could keep this exceptional elephant safe.
Sabre the Bornean pygmy elephant was first discovered in the summer of 2016. He was found in Sabah – a region in the Malaysian part of Borneo that is known for its diverse array of wildlife. And while there are thought to be at least 1,000 elephants in the area, there was something special about this one.
In particular, when the Sabah Wildlife Department located Sabre the team immediately noticed his unusual tusks. Rather than pointing outwards and up like most elephants, his were turned down. And his saber-toothed tiger-like appendages would help earn him his name.