Rare Eastern Black Rhinoceros Born at Chicago Zoo

A rare Black Rhino was born at the Chicago Zoo after over a year of waiting. When the calf was born, the mom jumped into action, while the calf laid still for "53 minutes of it's life." Soon after, the calf was seen standing for the first time and nursing. Veterinary staff will continue to monitor Kapuki and her calf with remote cameras to give the rhinos "privacy," the zoo said. For now, the animals will not be on public display.

Eastern black rhinos are on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's red list of threatened species. The World Wildlife Fund estimates the species, a target of poachers, is now between 5,000 and 5,500 today after it plummeted to less than 2,500 in 1968 and 1995.

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