Very Rare Rhino Just Gave Birth To A Baby Girl
Hope sometimes come in the cutest of packages.
The International Rhino Foundation (IRF) announced this morning that a critically endangered Sumatran rhino has given birth to a healthy baby girl.
She is adorable!
This is the second baby rhino born to mom, Ratu, who lives at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia, and the experience showed.
In the hours prior to the delivery, she was observed tending to her nursery enclosure, flattening the vegetation for her little one's pending arrival.
Later on, Ratu even took to doing some yoga-like stretches - hinting to those who know her best that the baby was likely soon on her way.
Sure enough, it worked.
Ratu went into labor early Thursday morning, and four minutes later the calf was born. Not long after, she began to nurse.
"Once again, Ratu is showing us that she is a very good mother," her veterinarian, Dr. Zulfi Arsan, said in a release.
While the birth is certainly life-changing for the new mom, it's also a heartening sign for the entire species. After decades of poaching and habitat loss, there are now fewer than 100 Sumatran rhinos left in existence.
This is proof that that number can go up.
"We are overjoyed that Ratu delivered a healthy calf and are cautiously optimistic that the calf will continue to thrive," Susie Ellis, executive director of IRF, said in a statement. "She's absolutely adorable, and we haven't stopped smiling since the moment we were sure she was alive and healthy. While one birth does not save the species, it's one more Sumatran rhino on Earth."