A small rhino was born this weekend at the sanctuary facility in Sumatra, Indonesia. She is the second calf to be born this year. There are currently 80 specimens of this species in the world.
A rhino named Delilah gave birth to a 25-pound (55-kilogram) male cub at a rhino sanctuary in Way Kambas National Park in Lampung province, on the southern tip of the island of Sumatra.
The cub's father is a rhino named Harapan who was born at the Cincinnati Zoo in 2006. Harapan was the last Sumatran-type rhino to be repatriated to Indonesia, meaning that the entire global Sumatran rhino population is now in that country.
Most of the world's remaining Sumatran rhinos live in Sumatra, many of them in captivity. But they are threatened by the destruction of tropical forests and by hunters who sell their horns, which are used as ornaments or for medicinal purposes in China and other parts of Asia.
The veterinarian cares for the newborn calf in Sumatra. Photo: AP
"This birth is also the second birth of a Sumatran rhino in 2023. It underscores the Indonesian government's commitment to preserving rhinos, especially those of the Sumatran species," Indonesian Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya Bakar said in a statement.
He added that thanks to breeding efforts, there were five Sumatran rhino births at the Way Kambas sanctuary.
The male puppy weighed 25 kilograms. Rhinos must live in a protected park. Photo: EFE.
A sanctuary guard found Delilah with the puppy by her side on Saturday morning, 10 days before she was due to give birth.
The newborn Sumatran rhino weighed 25 kilograms. Photo: EFE.
Both Delilah and her calf are doing well and the puppy is already walking. Shortly after he was discovered, he was already breastfeeding standing up, according to the statement from Indonesia's Ministry of Environment and Forestry.