Oh baby! Black rhino at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo gives birth to new calf

Oh baby! Black rhino at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo gives birth to new calf
The newborn rhino calf was delivered on Aug. 20 (Source: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo)
The newborn rhino calf was delivered on Aug. 20 (Source: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo announced the birth of a second newborn Eastern black rhinoceros this year.

Rhino mom Inge (pronounced Ing-A), a 25-year-old Eastern Black rhino, gave birth to the calf on Aug. 20.

The newly delivered rhino calf joins mom, dad Forrest, aunt Kibibbi, and 7-month-old calf Lulu.

Both Inge and her calf are doing well and have been under constant supervision by the Metroparks Zoo's animal care team. This is Inge's fifth calf.

"We hope these significant births inspire guests to learn more about this critically endangered species and how they can help protect Eastern black rhinos in the wild," said Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Executive Director Christopher Kuhar, PhD.

Less than 750 Eastern black rhinos remain in the wild due to poaching and habitat loss, according to zoo officials.

The new calf is not the only new addition at the zoo. The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is also debuting a 24/7 rhino camera that can be streamed, allowing viewers to check in on the rhino yard.

The newest addition to the rhino family will be be visible to the public for a period of time while Inge and the calf can bond.

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