Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Baby rhino in intensive care after birth at Werribee Open Range zoo

Calf raised the concern of vets at the Victorian zoo after she picked up an infection from her mother


theguardian.com, Monday 29 December 2014 07.16 GMT

A baby rhino is in round-the-clock intensive care following its birth at Werribee Open Range zoo on Saturday.

The calf was born at 4.20am on Saturday, weighing in at 67kg, but raised concern among vets at the Victorian zoo after picking up an infection from her mother, Si Si.

It’s hoped a dose of antibiotics will ensure the infant rhino survives. The animal, called Salt until an African name is chosen, will receive constant care for the next four weeks in the zoo’s veterinary hospital.

The baby will then be hand-raised by vets and keepers during her first four months as Si Si is unable to feed her calves. Salt has a sister – 18-month-old Kipenzi.

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