Posted: Mon 2nd Feb 2015

The amazing moment a rhino gives birth has been caught on behind-the-scenes cameras.

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, Feb 2nd, 2015

The amazing 50-second footage shows Kitani Chester Zoo’s 17 year old Eastern black rhino giving birth to a calf on Jan 31st, the keepers have named the female new born calf Fara. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The 15 year old father, Sammy has extremely rare and valuable genes and has never before sired a calf since moving from Japan in 2002 to join the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme for the critically endangered animals. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Curator of mammals at Chester Zoo, Tim Rowlands, said: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Kitani’s delivery was textbook. We got a ‘maternity suite’ ready for her with deep sandy floors and beds of hay but ultimately she chose her own spot. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The footage has enabled us to witness this really special moment and both mum and youngster are doing really, really well. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Every birth is cause for great celebration but given that Eastern black rhino face a real threat of extinction our new arrival is even more significant. The calf is super important to the breeding programme in Europe and her arrival is another step towards sustaining a black rhino population which, in the wild, is being ravaged by poachers on an almost daily basis.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

To read more about the black rhino and pictures of the happy family click here ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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All images: www.chesterzoo.org/ ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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