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TAMPA, Fla. (CBSMiami/AP) — Busch Gardens in Tampa has a new family member, a baby southern white rhinoceros – a near-threatened species.
The park announced that the female calf was born Friday. Officials say she is healthy and is currently being cared for by her mother, Kisiri, with human caregivers watching closely. Kisiri has had two successful births previously. Workers say the calf’s father, Tambo, has also been gentle with his previous offspring.
Newborn white rhinoceros usually weigh about 150 pounds and can gain four pounds every day for the first year. White rhinos are the second largest land mammal after the elephant and can weigh up to 5,000 pounds.
Experts say the southern white rhinoceros is classified as a near-threatened species with just over 20,000 left in the wild.
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