Critically Endangered Black Rhino Gives Birth To Calf At Chester Zoo Infront Of Visitors

An endangered rhino has given birth in its enclosure in front of a load of tourists at Chester Zoo.

Malindi the rare black rhino delivered a healthy baby rhino after a 15-month long pregnancy. There are only about 650 black rhinos left in the wild as their numbers have been decimated by poachers who are after their horn.

The birth was unusual because rhinos usually give birth in the night, however, on this occasion Malindi gave visitors to the animal park a front row seat to one of the rarest occurrences in nature.

 

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The male rhino calf was delivered in about half an hour. Both mum and calf are fit and healthy.

Within about 15 minutes after being born the wee rhino was up and walking around the enclosure and feeding on milk from his 12-year-old mother.

Tim Rowlands, who is Chester Zoo’s curator of mammals, said: “Visitors to the zoo were treated to something incredibly special when Eastern black rhino, Malindi, went in to labour in front of them.

“With just 650 Eastern black rhino left in the wild, seeing the birth of a new calf and it’s very first steps is a very rare and special event indeed.

“The new born was delivered onto soft wood mulch and within next to no time it was up on its feet and running around – it couldn’t have gone any smoother.

“Although it’s still very early days, the little one is showing great signs by feeding regularly and mum and calf appear to have bonded very quickly.

“We just hope this new calf helps us to raise some much needed attention to this truly magnificent species, and inspires urgent action to protect their future on this planet. We cannot and must not allow this subspecies to become extinct – a fate which has, tragically, already become of some of its cousin.”

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