2 endangered Javan rhino calves spotted in Indonesia

Indonesia has welcomed two young Javan rhinos into a family of one of the world’s most endangered species, the Environment and Forests Ministry said.

Hidden camera footage released by the ministry over the weekend showed a small rhino stumping alongside a rhino almost three times its size through the muddy terrain of the protected Ujung Kulon National Park on the western tip of the island of Java.

Environment and Forests Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar said the births would ensure rhino populations continue to rise.

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A rhino footprint was discovered on Nov.  November 2013, in the protected Ujung Kulon National Park on the island of Java, Indonesia.

A rhino footprint was discovered on Nov. November 2013, in the protected Ujung Kulon National Park on the island of Java, Indonesia.
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Distinguished by their single horn, Javan rhinos were once found throughout Northeast India and Southeast Asia. Today, they are among the most endangered of the five rhino species, mainly from poaching.

There are now 77 Javan rhinos in Ujung Kulon, the ministry said.

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