SAN DIEGO (CBSLA/AP) – The San Diego Zoo welcomed a southern white rhino calf into the world last week.
Just one week old, the rhino calf has already begun exploring her home while staying close to mom. Born to first-time Mom Kianga and father J. Gregory on August 22, she has yet to be named.READ MORE: Woman Says She Was Refused Service At An Encino Dunkin' Donuts For Being Deaf
“She’s very adventurous, not afraid of much because she knows she has mom at her back at all times,” said Matt Gelvin, Senior Wildlife Care Specialist, San Diego Zoo. “So we see her investigating cape buffalo, giraffe, the other rhinos and she’s pretty fearless because she knows that mom will come to her defense.”READ MORE: Illegal Marijuana Grow Bust Nets Nearly 30,000 Plants And Leads To 31 Arrests In San Bernardino
Wildlife care specialists report the calf is healthy and nursing well, and Kianga is proving to be an excellent mother, who is very attentive to her offspring.
Estimated to weigh around 125 pounds at birth, the little ungulate with big feet will nurse from her mother for up to 12 months; and she is expected to gain about 100 pounds a month for the first year.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 Related Hospitalizations Continue To Drop In Los Angeles County
When full-grown, at around 3 years of age, she could weigh between 4,000 to 5,000 pounds.