But help wasn’t far away. Rangers from the Kenya Wildlife Service discovered the mom and calf while doing a routine patrol of the Meru National Park Rhino Sanctuary. After assessing the situation, the rangers realized they needed to intervene to save the baby’s life. If they didn’t, the baby would probably die in the mud.
“After laying down their weapons, removing their boots and rolling up their trousers, the rangers clambered into the swamp area to extract the baby,” Amie Alden, communication and media officer for the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT), told The Dodo. “Being so tiny, they were able to carry Maarifa [the baby] in their arms to safety.”