Fort Worth Zoo welcomes baby rhinoceros

Fort Worth Zoo welcomes baby rhinoceros

Credit: Fort Worth Zoo

Fort Worth Zoo welcomes baby rhinoceros

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by REBEKAH HOOD / KVUE.com

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Posted on August 30, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 21 at 12:56 PM

FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Fort Worth Zoo recently welcomed a new addition -- a greater one-horned rhinoceros.

The zoo says the female calf born on Aug. 16 is a "major triumph" for the endangered species. It is the first of its kind at the Fort Worth Zoo and in Texas.

“This birth is a tremendous milestone for the Fort Worth Zoo,” said Zoo Executive Director Michael Fouraker. “We are excited to continue our commitment to the conservation of this endangered species.”

In a press release, the zoo says the calf "is the fifth successful offspring for her 25-year-old mother Shanti and the 27th for 22-year-old sire Arun. Breeding opportunities are few for males since female rhinos have a gestation period of 15 to 16 months and wait four years after giving birth before reproducing again. At birth, a young rhinoceros weighs an average 130 pounds."

The calf's name was decided via a public vote from a list of five names. Voting took place from Aug. 30 through Sept. 20 on the Fort Worth Zoo’s Facebook page. The name that received the most votes was Asha, which is Nepalese for “hope." The grand prize winner will be determined by a random drawing among all entries of the “winning” name. The winner and winning name will be announced September 21.

Both her mother and Asha can be seen on exhibit in the zoo’s Asian Falls exhibit.

See raw video of the Asha and her mother below:

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