Horns aplenty after zoo has unexpected rhino delivery

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Zookeepers believed the white rhino’s pregnancy “had not progressed” after she went beyond her due date.

So they were taken aback when Meru went into labour – and hastily lined the rhino house with deep straw.

An hour later, the unnamed girl arrived and is now a boisterous 10st making mischief at Knowsley Safari park, Merseyside.

Operations chief Chris Smart said: “It was such a happy turn of events.

“The whole team here is absolutely delighted. Mum and calf have bonded wonderfully and showing all the right signs.”

The baby was the 22nd southern white rhino born at the park – they are a near-threatened species with only 16,000 in the wild.

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