The heartbreaking moment baby rhino tries to suckle from poached mother

A baby rhino who tried to suckle milk from her dead mother, killed by poachers, has been rescued by conservationists.

Heartwrenching video shows the one-month-old calf by her motionless mother's side, nudging at her underbelly and crying last Friday.

Poachers had sawn off the adult rhino's horn, but did not hurt the calf.

Demand for the horn is driven predominantly by Asian countries, particularly Vietnam. It is often used in traditional Chinese medicine, but is also commonly now used to display someone's success and wealth.

Rescue group Rhino 911, based in South Africa, captured the "devastating" video and posted it Facebook.

"Yesterday another beautiful rhino cow was brutally killed for her horn," the group said.

"The calf was darted and moved to a secure location where she will be cared for and loved and introduced to other rhinos."

The calf has since been renamed Charlotte, Lottie for short, and was "so traumatised" on arrival she had to wear a blindfold and earplugs.

The heartbreaking moment baby rhino tries to suckle from poached mother
Photo credit: Facebook / Rhino 911

The organisation has since updated that Lottie is settling in well to her new orphanage.

"We are so glad to see her running around having fun!"

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