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Chester Zoo welcomes surprise baby rhino
9:49am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
A BABY rhino has made a surprise arrival at Chester Zoo.
Indian rhino ‘Asha’ gave birth to her calf, ‘Komala’, making it the first to be born at the zoo.
It follows three black rhino calves being born there in less than a year but it was not known for sure whether Asha was even pregnant.
Tim Rowlands, curator of mammals, said: “Our rhino keeping team, and indeed the rhinos themselves, have had the most fantastic few months with three black rhino calves arriving and clearly our Indian rhinos weren’t about to be out done!
“Although we had an inkling that our Indian rhino Asha was pregnant, it was just that, an inkling and a hunch that comes with experienced keepers.
“So, it was a rather marvellous surprise to come in and find that Asha had a big bundle of joy of her own.
“Komala is a proper little bruiser; she has that fabulous, slightly wrinkled armoured plating look that comes with Indian rhinos.
"This is a breeding first for us but also a bonus for the population of Indian rhinos which are yet another rhino species being put at risk as they are cruelly and brutally poached for their horn.”
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