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Your morning adorable: Baby Indian rhinoceros at San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park

Ramir, a baby Indian rhinoceros at the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park

One of the youngest residents at the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park is Ramir, an Indian rhinoceros who was born there in late December. 

Ramir is his mother's first offspring, and keepers took over the job of feeding him when they found she wasn't producing enough milk for him. Five times per day, the baby (who weighed 150 pounds at birth) is fed more than a gallon of milk from a giant bottle.  When he's fully grown, Ramir is likely to weigh over 4,000 pounds.

Indian rhinoceroses have only one horn (three of the five rhinoceros species have two).  In fact, the Indian rhinoceros' Latin name is Rhinoceros unicornis!

Indian rhinos are an endangered species; it's estimated that there are only about 2,000 of them left in the wild. Ramir is the 58th Indian rhino born at the Wild Animal Park.

-- Lindsay Barnett

Photo: Ken Bohn/AFP/Getty Images

 
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I was told by a Wild Animal Park employee that Ramir died last Friday morning, January 8, 2010. I haven't seen any announcement in the press about it, however, nor any information as to the cause of his death.


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