CCTV footage captures the moment a male southern white rhino calf was born at West Midland Safari Park
Staff at West Midland Safari Park are celebrating the birth of a male southern white rhino calf (Ceratotherium simum simum). After a lengthy pregnancy of 16 months, first time mum, six year old Ailsa, gave birth to the long awaited new arrival on Good Friday, 25th March.
Within the first hour the cute youngster was up on his feet, demanding attention from mum. Ailsa will have her work cut out for her over the next few weeks, as the newbie needs feeding regularly throughout the day and will stay closely by her side for up to two years.
Southern white rhino are considered a conservation success story, with this particular subspecies being the most common of all the world’s rhino species. However, rhinos still face a huge threat in the wild due to habitat loss and more commonly, poaching.
Although the new baby is only a few days old, he already weighs a whopping 67.5kg, but still has lots of growing to do – adult male rhinos are one of the largest land mammals reaching weights of around 2,500kg!
Video and photographs provided by West Midland Safari Park
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