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Endangered Black Rhino born at Lansing area zoo


A Michigan zoo has received a very special holiday present.  It’s not exactly a babe lying in a manger. But it’s close. Officials at the Potter Park Zoo in Lansing say a black rhino named Doppsee delivered her first-ever calf on Christmas Eve day.

Black rhinos are endangered – the total population dropped to under 25-hundred by 1995 but has now come back to about twice that number. Officials say it’s rare for a black rhino to give birth in captivity though. Zoo-keepers watched the birth through a video feed outside a barn, so Doppsee and her new baby boy could bond without being disturbed. They say the public will have to wait until Spring to meet the new rhino when the weather is warmer.