Halloween baby rhino treat born at Dutch zoo



Arnhem, Netherlands, Oct 28 – A Dutch zoo says it has received a pre-Halloween treat in the form of a baby male square-lipped rhinoceros born on Tuesday.

Marleen Giesen of the Royal Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem said mother and baby were healthy and the calf has been named “Stark” in honor of one of her human colleagues who is retiring.

The birth was live streamed from a camera inside the animals’ warmed enclosure for fans who were willing to stay up for the 3 a.m. event.

“I think it’s a treat of course,” Giesen said. “I don’t know whether there are a lot of kids running around in rhino (costumes) but maybe now there will be.”

The Burgers’ Zoo has been one of the most successful in Europe at breeding rhinos, an endangered species, producing 14 in all since 1977.

The Dutch zoo has had immense success in rhino births in the past few decades, producing 14 rhinos since 1977.REUTERS / Piroschka van de Wouw

The late-night birth was also live-streamed around 3 a.m. from inside the enclosure. REUTERS /Piroschka van de Wouw The baby male square-lipped rhinoceros was born Oct. 28 in the Royal Burgers’ Zoo.REUTERS / Piroschka van de WouwGiesen said the zoo doesn’t have a secret recipe.

“We have two animals at the moment that are fertile and can give birth,” Giesen said, and she noted that Stark’s mother, Kwanzaa, has given birth to seven calves.

“It’s a little bit of luck maybe.”

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