Black rhino born at St. Louis Zoo

Jan. 26, 2011 at 3:29 PM
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ST. LOUIS, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Missouri's St. Louis Zoo said a black rhino calf born this month was the first of its species to be born at the zoo in 20 years.

Zoo spokeswoman Janet Powell said officials are weighing potential names for the calf born Jan. 14 to mamma rhino Kati Rain and father Ajabu, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday.

Officials said the infant rhino weighs 120 1/2 pounds and is being well-cared for by his mother. They said the calf was the first born to the 6-year-old parents, who came to the zoo in 2007.

Black rhinos as classified as critically endangered, with only 2,300 counted in the wild in 1993, down from about 65,000 in 1970. Zoo officials said the calf was the first black rhino born at the zoo in about 20 years.

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