MIAMI, Fla. - A baby Black Rhinoceros was born at Zoo Miami in the overnight hours of Monday August 23.
Zookeepers say they are keeping a safe distance from the baby girl and its protective mother for the time being.
Veterinarians say the baby rhino appears to weigh between 70 and 80 pounds. She has been seen nursing and appears healthy.
Specifics will not be known until vets feel they can safely separate the two to perform a neonatal exam.
Mother and baby will spend the next several weeks in private to ensure the baby is healthy and well adjusted. Zoo Miami released the pictures in the slideshow above.
The baby's name will be decided in an online contest to be announced next week at Zoo Miami's website .
The mother’s name is “Circe” and she is 10 ½ years old. She was born at the Riverbanks Zoo in South Carolina and came to Zoo Miami via a breeding loan with the Los Angeles Zoo. This is Circe’s second baby.
The father’s name is “Toshi” and he is nearly 27 years old. He came to Zoo Miami from Hiroshima, Japan in November of 1983 and has sired 8 offspring since his arrival.
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