Elvis's mother, Mawingo, was blind. Years ago, when Elvis was born in the wild expanses of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, this rare black rhino baby was destined to be lost just like the other children his disabled mother had birthed.
"Unfortunately, all of Mawingo's previous calves, before Elvis, were predated on as a result of her blindness," Wanjiku Kinuthia, of Lewa, told The Dodo. "We made the decision to hand raise Elvis to ensure his survival. Black rhinos remain critically endangered, and every individual counts in saving the species from extinction."
Elvis getting a check-up.Lewa Wildlife Conservancy