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Baby rhino weighing whopping 12 stone born at British zoo - on World Rhino Day

The brand new one-horned rhino is only the fourth of its species to be born in Europe in the last 12 months

This is the moment a baby rhino was born at Whipsnade Zoo - just in time for World Rhino Day.

Adorable Bali was born on September 6 at approximately 6.21pm to 19-year-old mother, Behan.

He weighed in at a massive 76kg (almost 12 stone) and is expected to put on 1 to 2kg in weight per day at Whipsnade, in Bedfordshire.

Deputy team leader Veronica Watkins, said: "The whole team are very excited to see the safe arrival of our newest rhino.

"To be involved in bringing one of these endangered animals into the world makes all of our efforts feel worthwhile, and it makes celebrating World Rhino Day this year feel extra special.

“The labour was relatively straightforward. Behan was restless the previous night so we suspected the birth was imminent, but once her waters broke we were able to monitor her carefully through CCTV cameras, without interfering in the process.

Adorable: Bali ventures out into her enclosure

Close: Bali and her mother Behan

“The following day Bali was up and about, looking around at everything inquisitively.

"Behan, who has always been an excellent mother to her calves, was staying very close to him.”

And the baby timed his arrival just right, because World Rhino Day takes place today, September 22.

Adorable: Bali ventures out into her enclosure

Just in time: Bali was born just a few days before World Rhino Day

Bali, a one-horned rhino, is just one of four of his species to be born in Europe in the last 12 months.

He is the fourth calf of mother Behan. All her other babies have moved to other zoos to breed as part of the European Endangered Species Programme.

Thanks to Mirror.co.uk.

Last modified on Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:34