In May 2016, an adorable baby rhino born in captivity in Indonesia grabbed the attention of the internet all over the world. This rhino baby is not less than a living breathing miracle as she is only the second of her kind born in 128 years. Sumatran rhino named Ratu is the mother of the beautiful female calf who gave birth to her brother Andatu in 2012.
Read on for more details and pictures of the baby rhino.
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Four months back, the International Rhino Foundation happily announced the birth of a sweet rhino baby in Indonesia. Ratu is a 14-year-old rhino who gave birth to two solitary animals without any complications.
Dr. Susie Ellis, Executive Director, IRF, explained, "Sumatran rhinos were just declared extinct in the wild in Malaysia, and now exist only in Indonesia. Ratu's calf has just increased the population by one percent– while this won't save the species, it's one more Sumatran rhino on the earth."
Just after giving birth, Ratu sat at her baby's side, making sure the baby was alright. Dr. Ellis added, "Before she had her first calf, she was the feistiest and most difficult rhino at the facility. As soon as she had Andatu, she calmed down – even so much that the keepers were able to safely enter her pen, which they had not been able to do previously. With this new baby, she again has become very calm – and of course, she is a very attentive mother."
Dr. Ellis further said, "Andatu will likely not have the chance to spend time with his sister. In the wild, his mom would already have kicked him out of her territory."
Rhinoceros are an endangered species of animals and rarely breed in captivity these days.
Agriculture and mining are the key reasons due to which rhinos remain isolated from one another which in turn hamper their breeding.
These units spent 15 days out of every month in patrolling, monitoring, and deactivating snares of rhinos.
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