Camera Catches Rhino Mom Giving Birth Without Any Assistance

by Ana Luisa Suarez
Ana is an Associate Editor who loves animals and food. A good taco and a snuggle with her dogs is all she needs.

Many moms will agree that nine months is a long time to be pregnant, especially if your pregnancy takes place during a particularly hot summer.

But we should all feel so lucky that we’re not rhinos! A rhino will gestate anywhere from 16 to 18 months. Can you even imagine?

Rapti, a rhino at Hellabrunn Zoo in Munich, Germany, went through a 492-day-long gestation period. I imagine the mom was very tired by the end of it. Thankfully, she gave birth on August 31, 2015!

In the video below, you see Rapti laying on the floor in her enclosure, very ready to give birth. It all happens seamlessly, without any assistance from zookeepers.

Her little one slips right out and mom quickly turns around to check on her baby. Within the first few minutes of life, this precious baby is cared for by his mother, and then even manages to stand! The rhino baby was named Puri shortly after his birth.

If you are constantly in awe the miracle of birth, especially among wild animals, you will also love this video of a cheetah mom giving birth to five cubs at the Metro Richmond Zoo in Virginia.

Please SHARE this incredible birth with all of your friends and family!

Video Credit: Facebook / YouTube / Hellabrunn Zoo

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