According to the Sabah Wildlife Department, a rare pygmy elephant with backward-facing tusks has been spotted in the Malaysian state of Sabah on Borneo island by a team of wildlife experts. The 20-year old bull was discovered near a palm oil plantation a little over a month ago on August 11, 2016 in Tawau. It features are that of a normal elephant, with large ears and a long tail, however it’s tusks grow backward instead of forward, giving it a resemblance like that of a saber-tooth tiger.
A similar elephant was spotted a few years ago in Sabah and another one last year, yet one with backward-facing tusks is a rare occurrence and has now been categorized as a new discovery. The downward facing tusks remains a puzzle yet they did not seem to impede the elephant during his usual tasks in the forest.