Earlier this month, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono officially declared 2012 the International Year of the Rhino. And, while there is no official Father’s Day in Indonesia, Andalas the Sumatran rhino would probably choose June 23rd. That’s the day his mate, Ratu, delivered their first calf and the first rhinoceros ever born in captivity in that country.
His name is Andatu and he entered the world under the light of the moon, which is not uncommon for rhinos and other wild creatures. The name Andatu is a combination of both parents’ names. Andalas is an Indonesian word denoting the island of Sumatra, while Ratu means Queen. The baby’s name, which rolls so nicely off the tongue, is also a shortening of the Indonesian term “Anugerah Dari Tuhan” and quite fittingly translates as a “Gift from God”.
About sixty pounds soaking wet – which he was – the young rhino displayed…
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