It is a 245 pounds baby that needs to be fed and mom can’t do it alone. Meet Shomilli, the five week old baby rhino at the San Diego Zoo whose caregivers are bottle feeding her in addition to mother’s milk so that the baby grows healthier and stronger with enough nourishment.
The year 2012 has not brought any happy endings for the rhino and elephants of Africa. On the contrary, this year saw the maximum killings of both these majestic species due to high demands for horns and ivory in Asian countries.
The Sumatran rhinoceros is one of the most endangered mammal species in the world today. Only 200 or so of the two-horned, hairy forest dwelling rhinos exist in the world today – 180 in Indonesia and the rest in Malaysia.
Poaching is already known to be a big threat to the survival of wild animals and it proved to be the biggest threat ever for Rhinos of South Africa in 2010 when at least 333 were killed by poachers. Of these 10 were critically endangered black Rhinos.