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Buffalo Zoo welcomes 130-pound bouncing baby rhino

Mother rhino and baby on a straw ground
Buffalo Zoo
The Buffalo Zoo says both mother and child are doing well after the Saturday birth.

The Buffalo Zoo has announced the birth of a rhinoceros over the weekend.

The zoo's one-horned rhino named Tashi gave birth early Saturday morning, at 3:29 a.m., to a female calf that weighed 130 pounds. The zoo's animal care and veterinary teams examined mother and daughte, and say they are doing fine.

The rhinos will bond behind the scenes for a few weeks, but the zoo plans to provide updates on their progress on social media.

This is Tashi's fifth calf and the first with George, who was recently transferred from the Buffalo Zoo to another Association of Zoos and Aquarium accredited facility, as part of the one-horned rhino Species Survival Plan, to maintain genetically diverse and stable captive populations of the species.

The program has resulted in one male and four female calves at the Buffalo Zoo over the past 17 years.

Mark Wozniak, WBFO's local All Things Considered host, has been at WBFO since mid-1978.