Rhinoceros birth 'live' via webcam

17th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

Saar, an Indian rhinoceros at Amersfoort Zoo in the Netherlands, is scheduled to deliver her baby in just a few weeks.

People will be able to follow this rather rare event live via the internet because Saar’s keepers have installed a hidden camera in the stable which is to serve as a delivery room.

When she gives birth, Saar will have been pregnant for about 480 days. Rhinos are a critically endangered species in the wild, which is why the birth of a baby in capitivity is regarded as a joyful event.

Impregnating Saar was not easy, Amersfoort Zoo says. She and her partner Zimon were reportedly less than enthusiastic when it came to their mating efforts. However, research and persistence eventually led to success. Saar is expected to deliver the baby - her first calf - in mid November.

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