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Critically-Endangered Sumatran Rhino Gives Birth in Captivity: VIDEO


Conservationists are thrilled that for only the fourth time in more than a hundred years, a rare Sumatran rhino has given birth in captivity in Indonesia:

Conservationist Widodo Ramono recalled the anxious moments before delivery.

"We were all watching it from the CCTV, nobody made a sound. But the moment we saw the calf, everyone burst into screams. It was louder than seeing a player score a goal in a football match," he said. "We hope Ratu will eventually have five calves. For Andalas, we hope to mate him with other females," Ramono said.

Ratu and Andalas were paired in 2009 at the sanctuary, two years after Andalas was brought from the United States at the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio for a breeding programme.

Andalas was born in September 2001, making him the first Sumatran rhino delivered in captivity in 112 years.


There are estimated to be less than 200 Sumatran rhinos alive in Southeast Asia.

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  1. God I love animals.

    Posted by: ThisNow1982 | Jun 26, 2012 4:16:02 PM

  2. Animals are the closest thing to nature. They are both at one. Whereas we humans resent nature, or atleast our actions do, the animal knows instincts that are most natural, not nearly as conniving.

    Posted by: USC Trojan Fan | Jun 26, 2012 4:17:28 PM

  3. I teared up. It's really upsetting to know what is happening to so many beautiful endangered species in across the world. The brutal manner in which they are killed for petty things. Deplorable actually. Everyone should educate themselves on it.

    Posted by: GregCali | Jun 26, 2012 5:19:13 PM

  4. Us humans act like we own the planet and can do what we please with it, but truthfully, we have to learn to share it with the plants and animals for our own sakes.

    Posted by: Stalcom | Jun 26, 2012 6:00:50 PM

  5. Awwww....I want one

    Posted by: Name; | Jun 26, 2012 7:57:07 PM

  6. Wow! The baby is so cute and adorable i wish i could see it live.

    Posted by: Zoo Captivity | Aug 28, 2012 4:48:41 AM

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