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Published on Aug 29, 2013
Lincoln Park Zoo is thrilled to report the birth of an Eastern black rhinoceros calf on August 26. The 60-pound bundle of joy is the first offspring for mom Kapuki and dad Maku, as well as the first rhino to be born at Lincoln Park Zoo since 1989. The baby is spending his early days doing what babies do -- nursing, sleeping, and sticking close to mom. Eastern black rhinos are critically endangered in their native Africa due to poaching, which makes this birth even more significant.
In this video Kapuki and the baby are exploring just a small portion of their behind-the-scenes birthing area. The pair are bonding there and will soon be able to explore their larger outdoor exhibit as well!
Video Taken August 28, 2013 Courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo/Todd Rosenberg