Rhino Calf Beats The Odds And Survives After Mother Is Hunted By Poachers
15 days after it was born, poachers gunned down a rhino calf's translocated mother to harvest her horns and claws in Manas, India. Luckily, a team of conservationists with World Wildlife Fund in India discovered the calf by its mother's corpse and took it to safety. Two months after its rescue, WWF said that even in their care, the baby rhino was clinging to life without its mother. As another two months passed, they were relieved to see the calf thriving--despite the loss it suffered--in a new enclosure in Manas National Park in India. The enclosure is 120 sq. feet, and the calf is hand fed eight times a day by highly trained professionals. WWF were astonished at this turn of events; they said the odds of survival this calf faced were "insurmountable."
Here is the calf with its mother before the attack:
Here he is after successfully acclimating to a new environment and a new life without a paternal guardian.
The best part might be that the Assam Forest Department plans to bring into the enclosure another rescued calf from a center in Kaziranga National Park so the two similarly aged calves can keep each other company.
If you're interested in helping end wildlife crime, you can learn more at WWF's Stop Wildlife Crime page