Baby Girl Born To Critically Endangered Sumatran Rhino

The International Rhino Foundation (IRF) announced the birth of a healthy baby girl in May, 2016. This is the second baby born to mother, Ratu, at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia.

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Posted by International Rhino Foundation on Tuesday, 17 May 2016

She might just be the cutest thing you’ve ever seen.

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Posted by International Rhino Foundation on Monday, 16 May 2016

Leading up to her birth Ratu was very active, tending to her maternity pen by ‘gardening’, flattening trees and plants and generally preparing for the arrival of the baby. She also did some long stretches, something they observed when she went through her first birth.

Ratu has been ‘gardening’ in her maternity pen today, knocking down trees and flattening plants. Does she have a green thumb or is she practicing care-taking? #TeamRhino

Video by Stephen Belcher.

Posted by International Rhino Foundation on Wednesday, 11 May 2016.

Finally, on a Thursday morning, Ratu went into labour.

Very soon after giving birth she was nursing the baby. “Once again, Ratu is showing us that she is a very good mother,” her veterinarian, Dr. Zulfi Arsan, said in a release.

The baby can be seen taking her first wobbly steps…


The actual birth can be watched in this video released by IRF:

The birth comes as a huge joy. After decades of poaching and habitat loss there are fewer than 100 Sumatran rhinos left in existence.

“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.”

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