Zoo Basel is Switzerland has a brand new baby rhino running around their enclosure!
31-year-old Indian Rhinoceros Ellora gave birth to her male calf Kiran, a cutie baby who was born weighing 150-pounds and standing 2.1-feet-tall!!
The zoo took an inneresting approach to the birth, doing two very unconventional but natural things.
This was the first rhino birth in European that took place in front of an older sibling. Normally, when a rhino gives birth in captivity, the siblings are moved to a different location for the calf's safety.
But Kiran's older sister Henna, though uneasy at first, took an eventual liking to her little brother after being by Ellora's side during the birth.
The other new tactic used was the zoo allowed Ellora to choose where to give birth within her habitat.
Since Kiran was her 8th calf, the experienced mama went into a private, sheltered barn in her enclosure to give birth.
So glad they let this rhino give birth as naturally as possible and double glad that little Kiran is healthy!
With Indian Rhinos being listed as "vulnerable," we can use every single baby we can get!!
[Image via Zoo Basel.]
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