The Toronto Zoo is asking for help naming its two new rhino calves. Seven year-old female white rhinoceros, Zohari, gave birth to a male calf on Christmas Eve and then Ashakiran — a 13-year-old female greater one-horned rhinoceros — gave birth on January 4th, also to a male calf. The zoo says people will be able to vote on names for the two calves, from a list chosen by the Wildlife Care keeping staff.
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Presenting the first Zoo baby of 2018 🦏🎉. We are excited to announce that Ashakiran, a 13-year-old female greater one-horned rhino, gave birth to a male calf on Thursday, January 4, 2018, at 11:04 am. . A greater one-horned rhino’s gestation lasts 425 – 496 days (approximately 16 months). Ashakiran, affectionately known to her keepers as "Asha", was moved from public viewing into a maternity area mid-December where video cameras were set in place for Wildlife Care staff to monitor her closely. While the calf appears healthy and feeding well, the first thirty days will be critical for both mom and calf. This is the second calf for Asha and father Vishnu. . Watch below to see him nursing from mom, Asha. #RhinoDiaries #savingspecies
Well, howdy! . Watch as our white rhino calf, born to mom Zohari on December 24, 2017, meets Aunt Sabi (Zohari’s half-sister). A “howdy” is a term used when introducing animals for the first time through a barrier. . Zohari allowed this interaction to occur with alertness and then established her protective nature when she wanted Sabi to back away. Keepers were happy to see this protective nature as the goal will is to have Sabi being fully introduced to the calf and cohabitating with Zohari and the calf in the future. . Check out our Facebook page for more #RhinoDiaries 🦏
We are excited to announce that on Christmas Eve, white rhino Zohari gave birth to a male calf at 10:45pm! 🦏. . Both mom and baby are doing very well, with reports that mom is very tired but a very calm and protective first-time mom. The calf is very big and strong, weighing in at 62.3 kg, he has been eating more than would be expected, and he apparently has very hairy ears 🙊. #cutealert #torontozoo #babyrhino