06 January 2003
Hamilton Zoo's baby white rhino, Inkosi, celebrates his first
birthday today with his mother, Caballe.
Zoo visitors were treated to a lolly scramble, face painting
and a rhino made from balloons.
|CELEBRATION: Hamilton Zoo's baby white
rhino, Inkosi, celebrates his first birthday today.
Photo: JEFF BRASS/Waikato Times
Mammal team leader Mark Bryant told the Waikato Times today that
the 0.8m tall rhino would have his usual diet of mother's
milk and hay or grass. Rhinos are weaned at two years of age.
the day, Inkosi would get extra pats from his keepers, Mr Bryant
"He's a very docile sort of an animal. He's quite friendly
to us. He loves getting rub downs; he loves getting scratched on
The rhino weighed 50kg at birth, but his weight
now is a secret – to
be guessed in a competition at the zoo.
This much Mr Bryant could
reveal: "He rocketed off and now
he's slowing down a bit, but he's still putting on regular weight."