Rehabilitated rhino gives birth to calf

Ganga with her second calf, Debojit Saikia, WTI

Ganga, the rehabilitated rhino, with her second calf, Debojit Saikia, WTI

Ganga, a rhinoceros rehabilitated into the wild under a special programme in Assam has given birth to her second calf, a little over two years after her first calf was born, reports the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI). This is unusual by wild rhino standards, as they give birth to calves after a gap of four or five years. And Ganga’s calves are cheering rhino conservationists trying to bring rhinos back to areas in Assam state in India’s northeast, where they are becoming locally extinct.

Ganga was four months old in July 2004 when she was swept away from her home during heavy floods in the  Kaziranga National Park in Assam, according to a WTI newsletter. She was fortunately found by forest officials and handed over to the International Fund for Animal Welfare and WTI.

After being hand-reared for almost three years, Ganga, along with two other female rhinos, Mainao and Jamuna, were released into the Manas National Park in 2007 to repopulate the region with wild rhinos which had become locally extinct. In 2010, Ganga was let into the wild.

Here’s the WTI report: http://wti.org.in/NewsDetails.aspx?NewsId=1389

 

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