A zoo in Duboo, Australia, is showing off its youngest — but not littlest — addition: a 110-pound male white rhino calf.
The still-nameless calf was born to first-time mother Mopani at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, New South Wales on May 14.
"She's being incredibly gentle with the calf, she's being very protective of him with the rest of the herd, she's doing all the right things," the Dubbo zoo's general manager Matt Fuller said of the new mother.
"Everything is going right — the calf is suckling well — and this is a feat that we managed to care for and nurture her [mother] through her entire pregnancy for a good outcome," zookeeper Pascale Benoit told the Associated Press.
According to zoo officials, the calf is important to the area's breeding program, especially since poaching is on the rise in Africa.
"He is a sign of hope to all of us to help stop the worst rhino poaching crisis in half a century," Taronga chief executive Cameron Kerr told the AFP.
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