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Endangered one-horned rhinoceros calf born in British zoo

Asha, a 15-year-old rhinoceros, gave birth to a female calf on October 14.

The Chester Zoo in England, United Kingdom, recently announced the birth of a greater one-horned rhinoceros, a critically endangered species. The zoo revealed in a release that Asha, a 15-year-old rhinoceros, gave birth to a female calf on Oct. 14, and the incident was captured on video inside the mother rhino’s cage.

According to the releasethe newborn has developed a close bond with her mother and is already wearing the same slightly wrinkled armor plate as her parents.

A video of this adorable adorable baby rhinoceros was shared on Wednesday by the official Chester Zoo YouTube page. Posting the video, the zoo wrote: “We’re celebrating our latest arrival here at the zoo: an endangered greater one-horned rhinoceros calf, born to mother, Asha, at 16 months of pregnancy!”

The video shows the mother rhino giving birth to the newborn and the baby rhino later walking with its mother. The video has more than 3,000 views.

The species was originally distributed throughout the North Indian subcontinent, but is currently only found in India and Nepal. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, there are only about 3,000 larger one-horned rhinoceroses left in the wild, as they face illegal poaching for their horns and destruction of their habitat.

Large one-horned rhinoceroses are pregnant for about 15 months, so zookeepers have eagerly awaited the birth of the calf, the release further said.

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