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Rare black rhino born at Iowa zoo gets first bath

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Daniel Uria
A rare eastern black rhino calf at Blank Park Zoo in Iowa was accompanied by its mother while having its first bath. The 80-pound female was born at the zoo on Oct. 11. 
 Screen capture/Blank Park Zoo/YouTube
A rare eastern black rhino calf at Blank Park Zoo in Iowa was accompanied by its mother while having its first bath. The 80-pound female was born at the zoo on Oct. 11. Screen capture/Blank Park Zoo/YouTube

DES MOINES, Iowa, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- A newborn eastern black rhinos born at a zoo in Iowa enjoyed a bath for the first time alongside its mother.

Blank Park Zoo shared video of the three-week-old rhino calf as it frolicked around as zoo keepers hosed it down.

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The tiny, endangered rhino showed it is getting used to using its legs, as it stumbled about the concrete floor and rolled around in puddles of water.

The mother kept a watchful eye over her newborn as the pair were hosed down together before standing patiently beneath an overhead shower.

The 80-pound female calf was born on Oct. 11 on the zoo grounds becoming one of just 1,000 eastern black rhinos in the wild and captivity.

"It was extremely emotional for me, because we have been waiting for this and anticipating it basically since I started here two years ago," Blank Park Zoo rhino keeper Patrick Nepp told the Des Moines Register. "I shed a few happy tears when it finally happened."

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