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.