Lifestyle

Bouncing baby rhino already walking around Australia Zoo

A RHINO has been born at Australia Zoo.
A RHINO has been born at Australia Zoo. Ben Beaden

THERE'S a newborn rhino at Australia Zoo, and the public have the chance to name her.

Rhinos Inyeti and DJ welcomed their first offspring into the world on thursday morning.

The female calf had a birth weight of about 45-50kgs.

Australia Zoo keeper Renee Schier said mum and bub were making great progress.

"We're very excited to announce that Inyeti, our southern white rhinoceros, gave birth to a beautiful baby girl yesterday. The calf is healthy and strong," she said.

Despite arriving a little earlier than anticipated the rhino is showing all of the normal signs for a healthy calf.

"We're really happy with her progress. She is already feeding and is quite active - she was walking within hours of the birth," added Renee.

This is Inyeti's first calf, and only the second rhino to be born at Australia Zoo and Queensland.

Inyeti and DJ are southern white rhinoceros, a species listed as near threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) due to poaching threats and illegal use of rhino horn.

To celebrate the new arrival, Australia Zoo is offering the public a chance to name the new calf in a Facebook competition.

The competition runs from Friday 8 February through until Monday 18 February.

Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin will announce the lucky winner.

Inyeti and the calf will spend time bonding and will remain off display.

The public can keep up to date with the new calf by visiting www.australiazoo.com.au or the Australia Zoo Facebook site.

Topics:  australia zoo, dj, editors picks, rhino



Three ways to celebrate Oktoberfest in Ipswich

PROST: Oktoberfest is celebrated world-wide and this year Ipswich is getting on board.

Head out or make your own fun this month

Workplace horror: Doctors use toe to replace crushed thumb

Dean Reid lost his ring fingers on both hands and his right thumb when industrial rollers he was working with closed on him in May last year.

Why National Safe Work Month is so important

Ipswich traffic cops prepared for huge weekend

Senior Sergeant Troy Hamilton is reminding people to drive safely this Christmas period. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times

Police out in force as holiday makers come home

Local Partners

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E6: Suckas Need Bodyguards review

Rosario Dawson and Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E5: Just To Get A Rep review

Mahershala Ali, centre, in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E4: Step In The Arena review

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Rob Kardashian admits his first crush was his sister Kim

Rob Kardashian once had a crush on his sister Kim Kardashian West.

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E3: Who's Gonna Take The Weight

Mahershala Ali in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E2: Code of the Streets review

Simone Missick and Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Housing report points to a lift in local market

AFFORDABLE HOMES: First home buyers have the opportunity to purchase modern new homes in the Ipswich region for under $400,000.

Region shaping up as the "final frontier” for affordable housing

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Investors out-bid first-home buyers in booming market

Housing generic.

Ipswich's housing market is putting more cash into sellers’ pockets