Posts Tagged With: baby animals

Another New Beginning

In this time of great despair and tragedy, when rhino are being hunted, poached, and killed in front of our eyes, let us remember there are times of hope and promise. The following is rare footage of  Terkel, the newest member at the Ramat Gan Safari in Tel Aviv. He joins his brother Tiborm, who is 4 1/2.

Welcome little one. Stay safe!

Birth of Rare White Rhino: Terkel

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Welcome: Ethan, the First 90lb Miracle in the US

The first baby rhino born via artificial insemination in the U.S.

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The Montgomery Zoo in Alabama: 12-year-old Indian Rhino Jeta, was the first in the U.S. to successfully give birth through artificial means. In June little Ethan was born, weighing a healthy 90 lbs.

Ethan is only the second rhino ever born using thawed sperm. His father, Himal,  had his stored in the Cincinnati Zoo’s Cryobiobank. Although Himal resides at the same zoo as Jeta , the two grown rhino were deemed too aggressive to risk them mating naturally.

Montgomery Zoo experts estimate there to be 60 Indian Rhinos in captivity in North America, and only 2,500 left in the wild.

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All Creatures Great and Small: Happy Mother’s Day

Mothers are  givers of life, necessary to everyone in any species.

giraffe mom and baby

cheetah mom and baby

orang mom and baby

meerkat mom and baby

ele mom and baby holding trunks

lion mom and baby 2

mama n babe

polar bear mom and baby 2

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Themba’s Legacy Lives On

In early March of 2012 three rhinos were found poached in the Kariega Game Reserve. One immediately died. The remaining two made it through the night. The survivors-Thandi (meaning love) and Themba
(meaning hope) were tended to with intense veterinary care.

Thandi, after a long recovery, survived. Unfortunately after 24 days, Themba died. (See earlier post: Thandi’s Story)
The story, however, doesn’t end there.miracle baby

Almost exactly a year after the poaching of Themba, his daughter was born. She is yet unnamed, but is doing well. Ironically,  her mother one of Thandi’s closest friends on the reserve.

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Babies, Babies, Babies

Baby rhinos nurse from their mothers for up to 2 years, and leave her when she's ready to have another baby.

Baby rhinos nurse from their mothers for up to 2 years, and leave her when she’s ready to have another baby.

Baby elephant making new friends.

Baby elephant making new friends.

Baby rhinos start grazing long before they stop nursing from mom.

Baby rhinos start grazing long before they stop nursing from mom.

If the baby is a male, he will stay with the herd until 12-15, then venture out on his own, if its a female she will stay with the herd permanently.

If the baby is a male, he will stay with the herd until 12-15, then venture out on his own, if its a female she will stay with the herd permanently.

Tag! You're it!

Tag! You’re it!

In the wild elephants nurse from their mother until she has another baby, usually about 4-5 years.

In the wild elephants nurse from their mother until she has another baby, usually about 4-5 years.

Rhino mothers use their horns to help guide and direct their babies.

Rhino mothers use their horns to help guide and direct their babies.

Brothers and sisters-elephants have strong family bonds, and the adults all take part in the care of the babies.

Brothers and sisters-elephants have strong family bonds, and the adults all take part in the care of the babies.

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This lucky one is enjoying some playtime at the Rhino Orphanage.

Each elephant's ear is unique and is used as a a type of fingerprint for identification.

Each elephant’s ear is unique and is used as a a type of fingerprint for identification.

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Rhino of the Week: Ntombi

Ntombi's wounds.

Ntombi’s wounds.

There are so many amazing stories about our magnificent pachyderms, I thought it’d be fitting to spotlight one each week. Some are miraculous like Thandi, and others heartbreaking, but they all bring a face to their cause.

This week is about Ntombi. Her name means “lady” but perhaps “warrior” would’ve been more fitting. The two month old rhino was with her mother when they were attacked by poachers. The mother was dehorned and killed and Ntombi was slashed 18 times with machetes and axes. It is believed she approached the poachers when they were attacking her mother, perhaps in an effort to defend her.

She is currently living at the Rhino Orphanage (see site I have listed ), and recovering from wounds through her horn and sinus areas. Some of the cuts appear quite deep. As if its not bad enough, the poor girl is also uncomfortable from teething!

Hopefully she will continue to recover.

Ntombi with her caregiver at the Rhino Orphanage.

Ntombi with her caregiver at the Rhino Orphanage.

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