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Hope for one-horned rhinoceros, Calf born at UK zoo

Hope for one-horned rhinoceros, Calf born at UK zoo

There might still be hope for the critically endangered species of greater one-horned rhinoceros. The Chester Zoo in the UK announced that a rhino calf was born on October 14. The female calf was birthed by Asha, a 15-year-old rhino.

A release by the zoo said the newborn has formed a connection with her mother and already has the same slightly wrinkled armour plate. Authorities also shared a video on their YouTube channel. "We're celebrating our latest arrival here at the zoo: an endangered greater one-horned rhino calf born to mum, Asha, after a 16-month pregnancy!" wrote the zoo. The video of the mother giving birth was captured by a camera set up in her cage. Later, the baby rhino was seen walking with its mother.

"The sheer size of this species is incredible. The calf was born weighing 50 kg and she'll grow to around 1.7 tonnes. But despite their enormous stature, this species has a really soft side. Mum and calf have been so relaxed and calm, spending time side-by-side bonding together," said the official release.

Greater one-horned rhinos were native to the northern Indian subcontinent. It is now only found in India and Nepal. According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List of endangered species, there are only around 3,000 larger one-horned rhinos in the wild. They are facing extinction due to illegal poaching and habitat destruction.

Rhinos are said to have been killed for their horns which are used in traditional Chinese medicine. However, most customers want the horn to display as a symbol of success and wealth. It was widely believed that Asian men use the horn as an aphrodisiac. However, Conservationists say there is no evidence suggesting that Asians used it as viagra. "It is a myth propagated by Western media," said a report in Scientific American.

Recent reports have been linking the decline of the rhino population to trophy hunting during the European colonial era. Modern-day illegal trade between Africa and Asia is fueled by rhino horn carvings like cups or figurines. There is also a market for necklaces, bracelets, and beads made of their horns.

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