Conservationists Optimistic About Rare Rhino Pregnancy

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Conservationists are hopeful that this July will see the first captive birth of a Sumatran rhino in more than 114 years. Ratu, a nine-year-old rhino in Indonesia, is currently 10 months pregnant.

Though caretakers are optimistic, the birth is still not assured. Ratu has already suffered two miscarriages. "We have given her special hormone treatments to lessen the risk of miscarriage," explained Widodo Ramono from the Rhino Foundation of Indonesia, "thank God, it is working well and we hope she'll have a successful birth."

The Sumatran rhinoceros is one of the most endangered animals in the world, with fewer than 200 thought to exist in the wild. Poaching continues to be a major threat to the species, which has lost 50 percent of its population in the last 15 years.

If successful, Ratu's calf will be the first ever Sumatran rhino ever born in captivity in Indonesia.

Conservationists Optimistic About Rare Rhino Pregnancy
For the Sumatran rhinoceros, the birth of even a single calf is a significant achievement.

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