Cape Town - Conservation teams at Aquila Private Game Reserve have successfully rescued a rhino calf, which was rejected by its mother.
The calf, born in the early hours of 31 December, needed to be rescued as it was severely vulnerable and dehydrated. The calf was born around 01:00 on Thursday morning.
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To further complicate matters the calf first attached itself to its father, who is very aggressive and prohibited vets to get near it.
After an attempt to coax the male away was unsuccessful, preparations were underway to dart the male when it suddenly turned on the calf.
Aquila rangers jumped into action and risking all managed to drive the male away. The calf was successfully uplifted and taken to Aquila Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre, where it will be rehydrated and cared for.
While the rescue team have been kept busy with the rhinos another team have been busy filling a “shopping list” for the little fellow, which includes horse milk (colostrum).
The hand rearing process will continue for approximately 18 months after which time an attempt will be made to reintroduce the calf to the group.