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SOS Rhino : In the News : Birthday boy celebrates
 

Birthday boy celebrates

 

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.

To mark the day, Inkosi would get extra pats from his keepers, Mr Bryant said.

"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 his tummy."

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."




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