TAMPA, Fla. - Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo got a new addition just in time for Mother's Day. An endangered Indian rhinoceros calf named Jiyu arrived on May 9.
It was the third birth for Jamie, a greater one-horned rhino. Her first-born, a female named Jaya was born in 2009 and now resides at Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Wichita, Kan. A male named Jahi, born in 2011, lives at the Central Florida Zoo in Sanford. Arjun sired all three calves.
The Tampa Tribune reports Jiyu, a male calf, hasn't been weighed. But baby rhinos typically weigh between 75 and 100 pounds at birth.
Jiyu means "compassionate friend."
The calf has not yet been weighed but officials say they typically weigh between 75 and 100 pounds at birth.
Officials say there are fewer than 60 Indian rhinos in the managed population and about 2,850 in the wild. The greater one-horned rhinoceros is one of five species worldwide and one of three found in Asia.
Zookeepers said Jamie and Jiyu will spend bonding time in private before going on display to the public.
Lowry Park participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Indian Rhinoceros Species Survival Plan. It is designed to support select wildlife species that are at risk of extinction.
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