[imagesource: YouTube / Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary]
A nine-year-old white rhino cow named Olive was brought to Mpumalanga’s Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary in 2013 after she was left orphaned.
Olive was just 10 months old when her mother was killed in a poaching incident.
However, she hasn’t let that trauma hold her back.
After becoming one of the first rhinos to complete her rehabilitation programme and enter the rewilding and release programme, Olive has become a mother herself.
She gave birth to a beautiful little calf on the morning of August 11.
The sanctuary released a heart-warming video of the baby popping out and promptly taking its first breath before getting up for its first few steps.
Behold the miracle moment:
Lowvelder has a statement from the sanctuary:
“For the first time, the birth was captured on video by Olive’s guard. Despite keeping his distance, Olive remained close to her long-term protector throughout the early stages of labour and kept him close during delivery…This is an unbelievably special moment to see this precious new life take his first breaths. By the grace of God, we welcome this miracle to the world.”
If Olive is anything to go by – described as a “feisty girl, full of mischief and independence” per the organisation – the baby is probably running laps right about now.
Daisy, as they’ve named the calf, is certainly full of beans, according to a Facebook update:
She is still learning to navigate her way through the complexities of grazing on short soft blades of grass but she has absolutely no issue with wanting to carry a huge stick home in her mouth!
After her afternoon walk to the veldt, Daisy stopped to see if she could carry this rather large souvenir back with her. Her innocent curiosity at the world is such a privilege to witness.
This video will surely make you smile:
The new calf is the third rhino to be born to two orphans of poaching.
Watch Daisy meet her older brother Pebble, who is now five months old and still a little hesitant about the new baby on the block:
The youngsters have different mothers, but they share the same father, Storm.
Welcome to the world, Daisy, I hope it will always show you kindness.
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