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Rare eastern black rhinoceros born at Chicago zoo


A critically endangered black rhinoceros was born in Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo after more than a year of waiting, the zoo announced Sunday. The unnamed, eastern black rhino’s 13-year-old mother Kapuki was 15 months pregnant.

The zoo announced the birth Sunday on Twitter after Kapuki went into labor. “After 15 months of pregnancy and a relatively quick labor, we’re excited to announce Kapuki gave birth! Kapuki’s maternal instincts kicked right in and she has been seen tending to the calf,” the zoo said.

The photo shows the calf on the ground as its mother tended to it. The calf stood up on its own after being alive for “53 minutes of age,” according to the zoo.

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In a Monday update, the zoo said the calf had been nursing from its mother, what the zoo called a milestone for the young animal,

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