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Your morning adorable: Black rhinoceros calf sticks close to mom at German zoo

August 18, 2010 | 12:03 pm

Black rhinoceros calf

At Germany's Krefeld Zoo, the birth of a black rhinoceros calf in late July was big news, indeed. The calf has been given the name Kibibi, which translates to "young lady" in Swahili.

Black rhinos are considered critically endangered, although their wild population has bounced back substantially in recent years.

In 1970, about 65,000 black rhinos lived in the wild in Africa. But over the following few decades, more than 90% of them were gone, with poaching the primary cause of their troubles.

See more photos of Kibibi and her mother, Nane, after the jump! (And if you, like us, just can't get enough of this adorable calf, you might want to check out a video of her as well.)

Black rhinoceros calf

Black rhinoceros calf

Black rhinoceros calf

Black rhinoceros calf

Black rhinoceros calf

First batch of eastern black rhinos moved from South Africa to Tanzania for breeding program
Surge in rhino poaching devastates African populations (Column One story by Robyn Dixon)

-- Lindsay Barnett

1st-3rd photos:  European Pressphoto Agency

4th-6th photos: AFP/Getty Images

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