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It's a girl! Denver Zoo welcomes new baby rhinoceros

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Posted at 6:02 PM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 20:02:48-05

DENVER — Denver Zoo showed off its newest arrival Wednesday -- a greater one-horned rhino calf.

The baby girl is the first of the vulnerable species born at Denver Zoo.

The zoo's resident female greater one-horned rhino, Tensing, gave birth to the calf on Saturday morning.

It's the first calf for Tensing, 13, but the zoo's Animal Care team says mother and calf are both doing well, and that Tensing immediately began showing maternal behaviors like nursing and grooming.

Tensing conceived the calf after 12 artificial insemination procedures.

The calf does not have a name yet, and will not be on display for a couple more weeks.

She and Tensing will stay behind the scenes for at least six weeks to give them more time to bond.