Baby rhinoceros born at Oklahoma City Zoo

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: June 23, 2014
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The Oklahoma City Zoo has a new baby boy: an Indian rhinoceros born Saturday.

The zoo says the male calf was born to a 7-year-old female rhinoceros named Niki. The calf’s father is 28-year-old rhinoceros Chandra.

The zoo says the calf is the fourth Indian rhino born at the zoo since the facility added the species in 1981.

The gestation period for Indian rhinos is about 16 months, and calves have an average birth weight of 120 pounds. According to the zoo, newborn Indian rhinos are born without the distinctive horn of adult rhinos and instead have a smooth, oval plate that eventually forms into a horn.

Zoo staff is monitoring Niki and the newborn calf around-the-clock as the pair bonds.