This is the moment a cute baby rhino frolics around her feeding mum just two weeks after being born.
Mother Jamila and her baby Southern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum simum) calf were filmed at the Auckland Zoo, located in the city of Auckland in the region with the same name in New Zealand.
Jamila gave birth to her calf on 14th August of this year. It was a special occasion as she is the first rhino to be born at the zoo in 20 years.
To celebrate the two-week mark since the birth, the zoo released this video showing the young animal playing.
The video shows the moment mum Jamila eats from a large pile of hay on the ground as her calf runs enthusiastically all around her.
The protective mum can be seen turning her head left and right, apparently making sure to keep her daughter within her vision as the baby rhino continues to run circles.
Auckland Zoo Communications Manager Jane Healy told Newsflash: “The rhino calf was born on 14th August, so [she] is 2 weeks old today! She is a southern white rhino.
“She is doing great – healthy, growing every day and gaining in confidence under the great care of her mother Jamila.”
In a press statement released by the zoo’s ungulates team leader, Tommy Karlsson, he said Jamila’s pregnancy has “been a long wait, but absolutely worth every second”.
He added about the delivery: “It was very smooth and very fast, and Jamila did a brilliant job by giving a couple of really good pushes to get her baby here.
“Her calf was walking within 25 minutes and suckling well by the afternoon. She’s pretty sturdy, her belly is filling out and she’s already getting a lot rounder.”
Southern white rhinoceros are one of the largest and heaviest land mammals in the world, second only to elephants, with females weighing an average of 3,750 lbs and males 5,070 lbs.
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