Chester Zoo has uploaded video of the tender first moments of an Eastern black rhino giving birth to her baby calf.
Fara was born Jan 31 at 08:15.
“Every birth is cause for great celebration but given that Eastern black rhino face a real threat of extinction our new arrival is even more significant. The calf is super important to the breeding programme in Europe and her arrival is another step towards sustaining a black rhino population which, in the wild, is being ravaged by poachers on an almost daily basis,” said Tim Rowlands the Curator of mammals at Chester Zoo.
In the wild there are thought to be less than 650 Eastern black rhinos remaining, pushing the species perilously close to extinction.
“We put great effort into protecting black rhinos in the wild, supporting a number of sanctuaries across Africa. However, as the demand for rhino horn intensifies, poaching continues to become a bigger and bigger problem.
“We hope that, one day, we can put an end to this crisis once and for all,” Rowlands added.
As someone who loves animals but also loves humans, I am glad that efforts have been made to save this species.
But, I also wish society could work as hard to protect unborn babies targeted by “abortion poachers” who want to slaughter them in the womb.