Death of young rhino calf

After receiving a report of a dead rhino calf in the south, management responded with extreme concern. The calf was found lying under a tree with its mother milling around not far off.

Initially, it was suspected that a large bull in the area may have acted aggressively towards the calf, killing it, but an autopsy confirmed that the young animal had in fact died of pneumonia with the likely cause being the extremely cold weather combined with the strong winds on the southern plains.

A close inspection of the other rhino in the area revealed no problems, although an extremely close inspection of a sleeping calf necessitated a somewhat rapid retreat in the face of a ton and a half of maternal concern.