MASkargo flies two Sumatran elephants from Jakarta to Tokyo

MASkargo flies two Sumatran elephants from Jakarta to Tokyo
Heavy responsibility: Airport staff keeping an eye on the Sumatran elephants being unloaded from the plane. -The Star/ANN

PETALING JAYA - After giant pandas, MASkargo successfully discharged another heavy responsibility when it flew two Sumatran elephants weighing close to two tonnes from Jakarta to Tokyo.

The elephants - Ida and Aswatama - landed safely at Narita International Airport at 8.35am yesterday after beginning their journey hours earlier from Jakarta on Flight MH6076 to Kuala Lumpur.

In Kuala Lumpur, the pachyderms were briefly on transit before continuing their journey to Tokyo via Flight MH6192.

Upon arriving in Tokyo, the elephants, weighing a tonne and 780kg respectively, were immediately taken to the Gunma Safari Park, some 100km outside the Japanese capital.

The crates containing the Sumatran elephants (Elephas maximus sumatrae) required special care and handling when being loaded onto the MASkargo A330-200 freighter as well as during the flight.

On May 21, MASkargo, which has 15 years of experience in handling live exotic animal shipments, flew in giant pandas Feng Yi and Fu Wa from China to their new home in Malaysia.

Other animals it had ferried included sea lions, tiger sharks and livestock such as cattle, sheep and horses.

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