Endangered rhino seen alive for first time in 40 years

The World Wildlife Fund of the United Kingdom announced that a female Sumatran rhinoceros, which had not been seen alive in Indonesia in 40 years, was safely captured on Tuesday.

The conservation group says it is "a major milestone for rhino conservation in Indonesia."

The rhino, the smallest of the world's five species, was believed to have been extinct in the Indonesian part of Borneo.

The female captured will be moved to a protected forest to start a new breeding population.



According to National Geographic, the dark red-brown Sumatran is covered with patches of stiff hair, especially on its ears. The animals live in dense mountain forests where they are highly elusive.

They are solitary creatures and feed on fruit, twigs, and leaves.