RHINO BABY 1ST FOR HUNGARY ZOO

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RHINO BABY 1ST FOR HUNGARY ZOO

 user 2007-02-08 at 11:09:00 am Views: 92
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    Rhino baby first for Hungary zoo
    The
    world’s first rhinoceros conceived by artificial insemination has been
    born, Budapest Zoo has announced.The female baby rhino was born late on
    Tuesday and weighed some 128lbs (58kg) after a pregnancy lasting 16
    months and 15 days.Vets decided to inseminate the 26-year-old mother,
    Lula, in 2005, when she failed to conceive naturally.The baby rhino,
    who has yet to be named, was described as “full of life” by zoo
    officials.”The little one seemed active, An hour after being born it
    stood up on its own legs,” a statement said.

    ‘Suckling problems’
    The
    zoo said that although Lulu had been introduced to a male rhino called
    Easyboy, the two had not shown any sexual interest in each other,
    prompting the decision to attempt artificial insemination.”The two have
    developed a friendship, more of a relationship between siblings,” the
    zoo said.The mother has so far failed to nurse the baby and shown some
    aggression which vets say can be normal in an inexperienced mother.She
    is being fed by zoo workers until the mother is ready to feed her.