Our new baby rhino named King

King, the Lincoln Park Zoo's baby rhino, with his mother © 2013 Celia Her City
Zoo-goers are thrilled with the Lincoln Park Zoo’s new baby rhino. The 2-month-old calf, named King, was born at the zoo and has been on view since September 17.  Sixty pounds at birth, King already weighs around 200 pounds.

Still, he is much lighter on his feet than his mother, Kapuki.  The little rhino wags his tail and gambols around.  King’s father, Maku, who is 27, also lives at the zoo.

King’s birth has worldwide significance as poaching has reduced the global population of eastern black rhinos to under 5,000.  According to the UK’s Daily Mail, his birth caps a five-year effort on the part of zoologists to encourage Maku and Kapuki to reproduce.

If you happen to be anywhere near the zoo, it is well worth stopping by to see King.  It’s free.  According to a zoo volunteer, the best time to view the rhinos is between 11 and 2.

King, the Lincoln Park Zoo's baby rhino, with his mother Kapuki, © 2013 Celia Her City

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