Monday 20 January 2020

Kate's got the bottle to feed baby animals

The Duchess of Cambridge feeds a baby rhino (AFP/Getty)
The Duchess of Cambridge feeds a baby rhino (AFP/Getty)

Gordon Rayner

Prince William and his wife Kate could not conceal their joy as they fed baby rhinos and elephants and went on safari during a visit to a wildlife reserve in Assam, northeast India.

The British royals also disclosed the reason they had left their two children at home; not because of the heat or the long flight, but because Prince George is too naughty.

On the fourth day of their tour of India, the pair spent the day at Kaziranga National Park, home to elephants, rhinos, and tigers. They were taken to the park's Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation.

In a field where baby elephants and rhinos were being raised together, Kate and William were invited to feed the animals, and did not need to be asked twice.

Kate walked toward the herd with large bottles of milk, and the elephants bellowed with impatience as she and park rangers approached.

They fed all of the animals in turn, crouching over the smallest of the group - a trio of two female elephants and a rhino - to make sure they were well fed before turning to the older animals.

They are fed formula milk every few hours with added coconut milk as a supplement. One of youngest was Murphuli, an elephant aged just four weeks when she was found alone in the trench of a tea garden in October last year.

But it was Dunga, the smallest and newest resident at the centre, who really won the Duchess's heart.

The baby rhino was found alone during a patrol by forest staff and when they failed to locate his mother he was brought to the centre.

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