A baby rhino was born in Dublin Zoo last week – and we can’t cope with how cute he is.
The male southern white rhinoceros calf, who is yet to be named, was born to mother Ashanti and father Chaka at 1.45pm on Thursday August 25.
The new born will join the rest of the herd – including Sam, Reni, Chaka, Zanta, Nyala, and of course his mammy Ashanti.
The rhino’s birth is another success for Dublin Zoo, as part of the European Endangered Species Programme – which was established to assist the survival of the near threatened southern white rhinoceros.
Adorable: A baby rhino has been born at Dublin Zoo | PATRICK BOLGER/DUBLIN ZOO
With poaching for rhino horn getting increasingly worse, it is estimated that 20,000 of these animals exist in the wild, the majority are found in Zimbabwe, Namibia, South Africa and Kenya.
Helen Clarke-Bennet, team leader of Dublin Zoo’s African Plains said, “We are absolutely thrilled with the new arrival. Ashanti is an experienced mother and the birth was very relaxed. The mother and calf are bonding and will remain very close for the first year of his life.”
Now, Dublin Zoo want your help to pick a name for the newborn, which you can do so HERE.