Maxwell's story began on a February day in 2007 after our elephant carers heard the sounds of his cries in the Nairobi National Park forest. Baby rhinos emit an unusual mix of squeaks and mews when they're in distress; it's a sound you might not expect from such a prehistoric looking pachyderm, but these high pitched squeaks serves to alert their mother that they need help. Running around alone, and seemingly blind, he was monitored for the rest of the day, and after no sign of his mother was found, we stepped in to rescue him to prevent him from being taken by the Park's predators, like lions, during the night.
Aged just 1-year old, but weighing in between 40 and 60 kilograms (approx. 88 to 132 pounds) at birth and standing at 2-feet tall, leading a blind year-old rhino to our stockades, and then hand-raising him, is no small undertaking; it took ten keepers to initially restrain him and bring him to his new home, carrying him on a rescue tarpaulin.