Cape Town - Aquila Private Game Reserve in the Western Cape has the birth of four rhinos in the space of 3 months.
However the third calf, born in the early hours of New Years Eve had to be rescued from dehydration after being rejected by its mother. To further complicate matters the calf had attached itself to the father, who is very aggressive and he was making it impossible for Vets to get near the calf.
In a race against time, the searing Karoo heat and a rather agressive father, the Anti-poaching teams sprang into action and managed to lift the calf into a “bakkie” and take it to safety.
Over the past few weeks the calf has adapted incredibly well to being bottle fed, the reserve confirmed.
"It weighed 65 kg when rescued and at its last weigh in was topping the scale at 80kg. It is fed approximately 1.7 liters 7 times a day. The calf has a small team of dedicated Aquila staff members tending to it. It is not left alone as it tends to get anxious. The plan is to get an animal companion for it."