Black rhino
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Posted by Linda

We were just reading about how the Aspinall Foundation were celebrating the birth of Nyota, a Black Rhino calf - a species that is seriously endangered.

At over two months old now - the baby rhino was born on Christmas morning - and named Nyota which means 'star' in Swahili.

The Aspinall Foundation opened a competition on the 10th February to get a chance to meet Nyota by winning a 'VIP Rhino Experience' ticket.

Each morning of half-term two visitors were picked at random to meet the baby rhino. The winners took a look behind the scenes and learned more about the endangered rhinos, were able to hand feed a rhino and meet the new arrival, Nyota.

At the beginning of December, and after a 15 month pregnancy, Nyoto's mother Vuyu's udders started to swell with milk which is a signal that the birth was immanent.Thinking back to the time of Nyota's birth, head keeper Paul Beer recalled: "It has been a tense wait but we had cctv installed Vuyu's shed so we were able to keep a really close eye on her. Vuyu can be very grumpy until she has eaten her breakfast, but is always a really good mum, and has the heaviest calves of any of our rhinos."

Go to our main Aspinall Foundation page to learn more

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