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SEE IT: Baby rhino born at the Bronx Zoo

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(PIX11) — Check out this cutie pie! A greater one-horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis), or Indian rhino, calf is the latest adorable addition to the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo.

The female calf was born on April 6 and weighed around 120 lbs. — but she will grow to approximately 4,000 lbs.

She is the 13th Indian rhino born at the Bronx Zoo since 1986. Her mother and father are Penny and Sanjay.

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This baby rhino already weighs more than your average teenage girl, but will grow to weigh more than a sedan.

Indian rhinos are native to the grasslands and swampy areas of northern India and southern Nepal.

Like the giant panda, they are generally solitary animals except when mating or when females have young offspring.

Rhinos are illegally hunted for their horns, which are used in traditional medicine or used for dagger handles.

Because of these factors, fewer than 3,000 are estimated to remain in the wild. Almost 70% of them live in Kaziranga National Park in India.

Though rhino populations are increasing in India due to strict regulations, but numbers are still on the decline in many areas of Nepal and Northeastern India.

Rhinos frequently spend time in mud wallows to cool their skin and regulate their body temperature. The mud works to protect their skin from the sun.

Indian rhinos are noted “endangered” by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Including this recent calf, there are 56 Indian rhinos in Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited North American zoos.


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