Black Rhino Born at San Diego Zoo

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    San Diego Zoo

    A 6-day black rhino was already seen trotting around the exhibit on Friday morning -- in adorable fashion.

    The baby rhino alternated between staying close to his mother and running and exploring the exhibit. Mom Lembe showed her protection of the calf by keeping her tail pointed up, a cue that lets her baby know she’s on high alert and watching him.

    The male calf, born on July 12, was a significant birth for the San Diego Zoo, as black rhinos are critically endangered species and only 5,000 are left in the wild because of poaching.

    A news release Friday from the zoo didn't say whether the young calf had a name yet.

    This is the 15th black rhino born at the Safari Park and fifth calf to Lembe and father Jambia. Both mother and calf are visible to guests taking the Safari Park's Africa Tram tour.

    In February, a one-horned rhino named Parvesh was born at the zoo.

    Zoo officials said the Safari Park is the foremost breeding facility in the world for the rhino species.