Birth of white rhino calf brings hope and joy


Birth of White Rhino

The calf is another special addition to other calves already welcomed at the reserve, in the Western Cape, in the space of two short years," says the Game Reserve.

According to Aquila, the calf, whose gender is yet to be determined, is the second offspring for the cow, and a sibling to Osita.

"The Aquila team recently called on the services of Dr Johan Marais and Dr Zoe Glyphis from ‘Saving the Survivors’ and Dr Doempies Triegaardt from Bergriver Vet Hospital, to investigate and treat Osita's mother for an abscess on the side of her face," says the Reserve.

"It was an emotional and exciting moment when Dr Triegaardt was able to examine her and confirm her suspected pregnancy. Staff at the reserve monitored the cow’s progress during the following months whilst she remained in the crash, but noted in recent days that she was showing signs of the impending birth."

Aquila says that the mother and newborn are doing well and "the team have noted a strong bond which is a positive indication and a great relief".

Aquila Private Game Reserve says "the joy of the birth is a wonderful and special milestone" and it is grateful to the anti-poaching unit who are "committed to the daunting task of protecting another treasured rhino".

"The unit reported that it was a privilege to have witnessed the pair together and a moment that will live with them forever,” adds the Game Reserve.


By: Kavitha Pillay.

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