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IT'S LITTLE BIG HORN! safari. park celebrating the historic birth of Indian rhino.

Byline: JACK EVANS

WEST Midland Safari Park is celebrating the arrival of its first ever Indian rhinoceros calf to be born at the attraction.

The male calf was welcomed into the world on Tuesday afternoon at the park, near Bewdley.

He is the first Indian rhino to be born on site in the park's 47-year history to parents 11-year-old mother Seto and 12-year-old dad Rap.

The calf is currently unnamed, but the park has revealed it will begin with the letter 'I', mirroring the naming of all other animals born on-site in 2020.

Deputy head keeper of ungulates Shelley Tudor said: "We are absolutely delighted and have been waiting a long time for this moment.

"After holding this species of rhino for over ten years, this is our first calf to be born at the park.'' She added: "We acquired Seto and Rap as youngsters and have been able to watch them grow and mature over time, which makes it even more momentous to see them produce their own calf.

"He is a very special addition to the Asian Rhino House, and we look forward to watching him develop, and maybe go on to produce his own little rhinos in the future."

Also known as the greater onehorned rhinoceros, Indian rhinos are placid animals who are often recognised for their armoured and prehistoric appearance.

The new arrival is not currently available for viewing, but he will eventually join his family on public display in the Wild Asia section of the reserve.

The park is home to two types of rhinos - six southern white rhinos and three Asian rhinos.

Both species face threats in the wild such as poaching and habitat loss and are classed as 'near threatened' and 'vulnerable' by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

West Midland Safari Park is currently fully open and the Indian rhinos can be seen as part of the fourmile safari.

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Author:JACK EVANS
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Date:Sep 12, 2020
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