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SOS Rhino : In the News : Knoxville Zoo Welcomes Baby Rhino

Knoxville Zoo Welcomes Baby Rhino

  WVLT Volunteer TV
Knoxville, TN

A bouncing baby boy is scheduled to make his first appearance on Thursday at the Knoxville Zoo. This baby weighs 100 pounds.

The bundle of joy is a male southern white rhinoceros, the latest of 26 that have been born at the zoo in the last 26 years. There's no name for the baby yet; it's the 10th offspring of parents Mondo and Dolly.

You can see the baby rhino at the zoo on days when the temperature is above 50 degrees. As it grows older and puts on weight, it will be on exhibit when the temperature is above 40 degrees, putting it in the same league as the entire rhino herd at the zoo.

According to the Knoxville Zoo, white rhinos are not named for their coloration, but for the Afrikaani word weit, which means "wide." That refers to their wide or square lips, an adaptation for grazing.

2/18/2004 4:40pm