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Search is on for baby rhino name

The Local · 29 Dec 2011, 16:37

Published: 29 Dec 2011 16:37 GMT+01:00

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The newest zoo resident is a female black rhinoceros baby, born in the early hours of Christmas Eve to the delight of keepers in charge of her 30-year-old mother Mana.

“There are already many suggestions,” said zoo spokeswoman Regina Jembere on Thursday.

See a gallery of the baby rhino

The tradition is to give all black rhinos at the zoo names beginning with “Ma”, but apart from that and a desire for an African name, all bets are open. Makini for example is Swahili for quiet and balanced. Zoo authorities say they will wait a while to see how the baby behaves before settling on a name.

The baby and her mother will be kept away from the public for a while to enable them to establish a close relationship in private. But working with Stern.tv, the zoo has set up a camera with a live feed set up in their enclosure.

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Your comments about this article

20:31 December 29, 2011 by twisted
Call it Tank.
21:58 December 29, 2011 by Enough
How about Fugly?
08:22 December 30, 2011 by heyheyhey
Call it RIniRono
08:44 December 30, 2011 by JAMessersmith
I'd name him Boone Howard.
11:58 December 30, 2011 by BJRuhe
How about "Ma-gda" for the Magdeburg zoo?
16:39 December 30, 2011 by Englishted
How about "Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg" because it is nearly as thick skinned.
03:13 December 31, 2011 by LJReinoehl
Sadly, we lost a black rhino at the Columbus Zoo (Ohio) on December 28th. Perhaps his name, Kijito, but fitting the patten call her Majita.
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