Baby Is Only The Second Of Her Kind Born In 128 Years. Wait Til You See Her Mom…

August 1, 2016 - By admin

Back in May, one endangered rhino’s life changed forever.

The International Rhino Foundation announced that one of its Sumatran rhinos, Ratu, birthed a beautiful female calf — the second new calf born into this species, in Indonesia and in captivity, in over 128 years!

Ratu, an Indonesia-based rhino, lives at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary, and was also responsible for the first calf born in captivity after this period that was more than a century long. Her son, Andatu, was born back in 2012.

Ratu’s little calves have each entered this world as more than just new adorable baby animals.

As IRF Executive Director Dr. Susie Ellis told LittleThings, “Sumatran rhinos are the most endangered large mammal on the planet because of their rapid rate of decline.

“They 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 Earth.”

For some, Ratu’s calves have sparked beautiful new hope for these struggling creatures. Scroll through below to see how this wonderful news stands to impact the entire Sumatran rhino species, and then watch the video to witness this miraculous birth!

Some readers might find the video below to be too graphic. If you do not wish to see this rare rhino giving birth, please click back to the LittleThings homepage.

dino 1© Stephen Belcher/ Canon/ IRF/ YABI

In May, Sumatran rhino, Ratu, gave birth to a beautiful new female calf, marking only the second Indonesia-based Sumatran rhino birth in over 128 years.

Ratu, a 14-year-old rhino living at Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary, birthed her new calf with no complications.

With fewer than 100 members of this species left alive on Earth, this little calf’s birth is certainly a miracle in more ways than one.

dino 2
© Stephen Belcher/ Canon/ IRF/ YABI

Ratu is now a two-time mom.

Four years ago, she made history birthing her son, Andatu.

When asked if Andatu will get to spend time with the new calf, IRF Executive Director Dr. Susie Ellis told LittleThings, “Sumatran rhinos are solitary in nature, and so the conditions here are similar.

“Andatu will likely not have the chance to spend time with his sister. In the wild, his mom would have already kicked him out of her territory.”

dino 3© Stephen Belcher/ Canon/ IRF/ YABI
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