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Celebrate World Rhino Day with this cute video on calves saved from Indian monsoon last month

Celebrate World Rhino Day with this cute video on calves saved from Indian monsoon last month

Two of the rhinos saved from floods in Kaziranga National Park last month

Last month, we reported on the baby rhinos rescued from monsoon floods in Kaziranga National Park in Assam, India.

Today, to mark World Rhino Day, we’re revisiting the cute animals to see how they’re doing.

They were rescued by a team from International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Wildlife Trust of India (WTI).

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They took them to their nearby Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) for treatment and rehabilitation.

A total of nine Indian rhino (greater one-horned rhinoceros) calves were pulled to safety from the floodwaters.

One was in a condition that it could be immediately released on higher ground. The remaining eight were given medical treatment before beginning the process of recovery and being readied for eventual release back into the wild.

For World Rhino Day today, this new video has been released showing the fantastic progress of the eight young rhinos.

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All the calves have now been stabilised and are doing well under the watchful eye of their keepers.

They all require regular feeds of formula until they are old enough to be weaned but are spending plenty of time enjoying an outdoor paddock and mud baths. In time they will be moved to their future release site where they will acclimatise in a large boma before full release back into a national park.

Kaziranga National Park is home to 70% of the population of this species. IFAW-WTI so far attended to more than 60 cases of rhinos needing emergency help, via their mobile veterinary service units. Since 2001, they have rescued, hand-raised and returned 10 rhinos to the wild. Eight have been released in Manas National Park. Its population of rhinos had previously been completely wiped out by poaching for their horns.

The other two rhinos were released back to Kaziranga National Park. Three of the rhinos released have gone on to give birth to calves in the wild on numerous occasions. This is the ultimate signal of a conservation success. It also helps to restore the population of this once beleaguered UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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CITES

Elsewhere, IFAW experts and campaigners are busy preparing for the start of a major international meeting of government delegations and NGOs in Johannesburg, South Africa. There, they will lobby for greater protection for rhinos and other threatened species, at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), at its year 17 Conference of the Parties (CoP 17).

Philip Mansbridge, UK Director of IFAW, said: ‘This year, World Rhino Day comes at a critical time for rhinos. Their status and future is coming under discussion by governments, stakeholders and NGOs at CITES.

At a time when rhinos are more under threat than ever from poachers due to rapidly increasing black market prices in their horn, IFAW opposes a proposal from Swaziland to allow trade in white rhino horn. Rhinos need increased, not decreased protection if we are to ensure their survival for future generations.

‘We are, however, delighted by the positive progress made by all the young rhino calves. This World Rhino Day, we celebrate this and urge everyone to do their bit to protect this magnificent yet threatened species.’

For more information on IFAW and how you can help, click here.