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May 15, 2011

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Tame elephants "Cek Mek" (l.) and "Timur" (r.) play with a newly captured wild elephant at a forest in Kota Tinggi , 400 km (250 miles) southeast of Kuala Lumpur on Saturday before its relocation to the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary in Pahang. Trained elephants are used to accompany captured wild elephants during the relocation process from their threatened natural habitat. The presence of other elephants calms the frightened elephant, making it less likely to attack the movers. The Malaysia's Department of Wildlife and National Parks has relocated at least 600 wild elephants since 1974.

PHOTO: Bazuki Muhammad/Reuters

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