WATCH: Importance of rhino mother’s bond in protecting baby

For Mother’s Day, IFAW is sharing some video of mothers and young of the species we protect. -- ED

That moment of panic when a mother looks around and cannot see her child—it isn’t just humans who experience that.

In the brief video above International Fund for Animal Welfare - Wildlife Trust of India (IFAW-WTI) team member Bhaskar Choudhury—to alert the mother of her calf’s whereabouts—is making baby rhino noises while filming from a tree in Assam, India.

Ganga had let her calf sleep in a thicket while she was grazing nearby but lost the scent of her baby, who by instinct will not stray from inside a thicket unless she is with her mother. Thankfully the mother-child reunion takes place soon after.

Ganga was rescued, rehabilitated and released into Manas National Park by IFAW-WTI staff. Last year she gave birth to a female calf, the first time a rehabilitated rhino has given birth in India.

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Learn more about IFAW and our work to save rhinos.

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