Watch A Baby Black Rhino Being Born

This short video from the Howletts Wild Animal Park captures the moment an endangered black rhinoceros entered the world last month. It’s the grand finale of a 15 month long gestation.

The first thing you see are the tiny front hooves. Then, like most mammals, the baby exits head-first. A twist of mom’s body strips off the amniotic sac and umbilical cord. (It’s a boy, by the way.)

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Like other hoofed mammals, the baby is physically precocious: that tiny mini-rhino is trying to stand up before his mom has even finished ejecting the placenta from her uterus.


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