Cape Town - After secretly hiding her newborn baby in the bushes for more than two weeks, the miracle rhino mother Thandi, finally stepped out of the thick shrubs on Thursday, 29 January, showing off the most beautiful of baby rhinos in the world!
While monitoring the duo Kariega ranger and photographer Daniel Haesslich captured the photographs featured in this article.
Kariega Game Reserve,where Thandi was taken to safety after being brutally poached and left for dead in 2012, said the moment the two stepped out of the bushes, was an exciting one. One of their rangers Jone Fick managed to capture this beautiful video of mother and calf on the grassland.
Watch this video taken shortly after Thandi gave birth
Thandi's calf, a baby girl which is yet to be named, was born on 13 January 2015.
Thandi seems to be a great mother, as she is clearly not impressed with the presence of the male rhino seen approaching her and her calf in the footage. Her loud snorting is a clear indication of her being upset.
Kariega Game Reserve wrote on their website that it is likely that the male in the above video is the father of Thandi's calf.
Thandi's story is a heart-wrenching one. She and two male rhinos were discovered on 2 March 2012 after their horns were brutally removed with machetes and were left to die by poachers. One of the two males died on the scene of the poaching crime, whilst the other, affectionately named Themba, died later on Kariega Game Reserve after being too weak to pull himself out of a watering hole and drowning.
See Themba and Thandi's story and struggle for life here: WATCH: Brutally attacked Thandi gives birth to rhino calf of hope
After Themba's death, a new male rhino was introduced on the reserve at the end of 2013. During Thandi's last visit to the vet in December 2013 the veterinary team tested to see if she was pregnant and the results were positive! A long wait ensued and Thandi gave birth to a healthy baby girl on 13 January.
Wildlife veterinarian Dr William Fowlds of Investec Rhino Lifeline, who first met Thandi after her brutal poaching attack back in 2012, says the world needs to know what these animals are going through and how they are fighting for survival - calling Thandi's new rhino baby a catalyst for hope.
The area where Thandi and her calf are remains off-limits to visitors for the safety of the mother and calf.
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