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One Small Step For Rhino, One Giant Leap For Rhino-Kind

EthanJetaEthan, a baby rhinoceros born this month at Alabama’s Montgomery Zoo, is only a few weeks old and he’s already making history. His parents, two of the Zoo’s adult rhinos Jeta and Himel, were deemed too agressive to mate — a common problem with rhinos, who are not known for their cuddly demeanor — so Zoologists took a sample of Himel’s semen, which had been frozen way back in 2004, and artificially inseminated 12-year-old Jeta, a first for rhinocerii on U.S. soil (similar techniques were used in Budapest to produce a baby white rhino in 2008.

This is a big deal for Rhino-kind — there are currently only about 2500 in the wild, with a mere 60 living in captivity. Jeta may be too agro to mate, but she’s certainly not too agro to snuggle newborn baby Ethan.

Anyway, watch and be amazed:

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