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It's a Boy

Monday, May 02, 2011 9:21am
baby rhino may 2011.jpg

For some time now staff at Monarto have been eagerly waiting, and waiting, AND……waiting, for the birth of a rhino calf.

Monday 25th April put an end to our waiting game with the arrival of a wrinkly, big footed baby rhino. Staff arrived early ANZAC day to find mum resting inside her boma, which is unusual for that time of morning, and upon hearing staff Umqali promptly greeted us revealing a tiny baby hiding behind her.

Umqali, a seasoned mother, has been keeping a close eye on the little man as he wanders around exploring his new world and firmly telling anyone (rhino or keeper) off who dares to overstep “the line”.

Putting on an average of 3kg a day, this little guy won’t stay little for very long and his boldness is already shining through as he mock charges keepers and head butts mum as she casually munches on her lucerne hay. She definitely has her hands full and so do we.

For the first week mum and calf had a little quiet time out of the public eye, getting to know each other and aunty, Uhura, who is being told sternly by mum to keep her distance. But he is on display now so everyone can enjoy this little guys antics!

Stay posted for more updates and adorable pictures of our newest family member.

Haidee
Ungulate Keeper, Monarto Zoo

Comments

that is so cute. the little horns are awesome!
Posted By: lizi on Monday, May 02, 2011 5:17pm
he is so cute, we were at Monarto Zoo Easter Sunday will be back very soon to see the baby Rino ...
Posted By: Jennifer on Friday, May 06, 2011 3:17pm
The baby rhino is sooo cute. I just got back from a School Trip and i managed to get a good pic of the new born
Posted By: Andrew Work on Saturday, May 07, 2011 12:05pm

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