Baby Rhino Gets Bottle Service - NBC 7 San Diego

Baby Rhino Gets Bottle Service

The five-week-old rhino calf, Mili, has not been able to get all of the milk she needs from her mother so zookeepers are bottle feeding her daily



    Baby Rhino Gets Bottle Service
    Ken Bohn/ San Diego Zoo Safari Park
    Bottle feedings like this are a daily routine for baby rhino Mili.

    The San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s newest baby rhino has been receiving daily bottle feedings from zookeepers as part of her much-needed nutritional routine, zoo officials said Thursday.

    Five-week-old rhino calf, Shomili – nicknamed “Mili” by keepers – gets daily bottle feedings because her mother, Sundari, has not been able to give the calf all of the nutrition she needs.

    According to zookeepers, Sundari is a young mother and her milk is not coming in as expected. In order for Mili to continue growing, animal care experts decided to give the baby rhino a supplemental bottle feeding twice a day to make sure she gets all of the nutrition a young, healthy rhino requires.

    With this daily bottle service, keepers say the rhino is on the right track.

    San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    Mili, who was born weighing 128 pounds on Dec. 13, is now a healthy 245 pounds. Keepers say she’s developing and growing as needed.

    On Thursday, the photo above was taken at the zoo. It shows a keeper bottle feeding the baby rhino with a very large milk bottle.

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