Friday, 30 August 2013

Chester Zoo shock at Indian rhino birth

Meet Komala, the first-ever Indian rhino to be born at Chester Zoo.

Keepers have expressed their complete and utter shock after being initially unsure as to whether mother Asha was pregnant or not.

Komala, who was brought into the world in July, has been shown on public display for the first time, with Chester Zoo staff keen to protect her and her mother in the early stages.

Curator of mammals Tim Rowlands said her arrival had "raised a smile amongst the keepers", who have already welcomed three black rhinos in less than a year.

"Our rhino keeping team, and indeed the rhinos themselves, have had the most fantastic few months and clearly our Indian rhinos weren't about to be outdone.

"Although we had an inkling that Asha was pregnant, it was just that - an inkling and a hunch that comes with experienced keepers."

He added that Komala was both a "breeding first for us [and] a bonus for the population of Indian rhinos, which are yet another rhino species being put at risk as they are cruelly and brutally poached for their horn".

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