Florida’s Zoo Miami welcomes endangered black rhino calf

MIAMI — A new baby black rhino has arrived at Florida’s Zoo Miami, officials said.

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According to the Miami Herald and WSVN, 21-year-old Circe, an endangered black rhinoceros, gave birth to an unnamed male calf Feb. 24, the zoo revealed in a Facebook post Wednesday.

Exciting baby news! On February 24th, after a pregnancy of approximately 15 months, “Circe,” a 21 year old endangered...

Posted by Zoo Miami on Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The calf is the fourth for Circe and the third for father Eddie, 21, the post said.

“Mother and calf have remained off exhibit since the birth where they have been kept sheltered from external stresses and given time to properly bond,” read the post, which featured several photos of the new arrival. “During that time, Circe has been a very protective mother and the calf has been nursing regularly while growing rapidly and gaining strength for his public debut!”

The zoo added that Circe and the newborn “are being slowly introduced to the public this week by spending short amounts of time on exhibit during the morning, with the amount of time being extended daily as the calf becomes more secure in its new environment.”

Currently, there are fewer than 5,000 black rhinos living in the wild, according to the zoo.

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