Milk: It Does a Baby Rhino Good

Meet Ramir, a 6-week-old Indian rhinoceros born at the San Diego Zoo.  His mother wasn't producing enough milk and was neglecting little Ramir, and then he developed hypothermia during a cold spell, so zookeepers are now bottle-feeding him.  He guzzles five gallons a day. 

Ramir was 150 lbs. at birth, and now weighs 350.  He's mighty cute now, but Indian rhinos grow up to be 4,400 lbs.

The Latin name for the Indian rhinoceros is Rhinoceros unicornis, because it has only one horn.  The Indian rhino is endangered, but poachers kill rhinos for their horns, which they mistakenly believe have healing properties. 

In some countries, rhinos are being dehorned, which leaves the animal alive and well, but discourages poachers from killing them. 

Photo by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo


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