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Rare baby rhino goes on display at Miami zoo

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Rare baby rhino goes on display at Miami zoo

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Jun 18, 2014

Late last month, Zoo Miami welcomed a new baby rhinoceros, and staffers named her Aria. Now just a little over three weeks old, Aria has gone on display at the zoo, where she is attracting crowds.

Black rhinos are highly endangered, which makes Aria’s arrival even more special. She is the 13th black rhino to have been successfully born at the zoo.
 
This “baby” is a big one. She weighed 100 pounds at birth, and has added more than 20 pounds since then.
 
According to CBS Miami, “the mother is 14-year-old ‘Circe’ who was born at the Riverbanks Zoo [in Columbia, S.C.] and arrived at Zoo Miami in 2006. The father, “‘Eddie,’ is also 14-years old and was born at the Cincinnati Zoo.”
 
As CBS Miami reports, “when Aria made her public debut at the zoo, she was very tentative at first and wouldn’t venture far from the barn, but it didn’t take long for her to get up her nerve and soon she was running from one end of the exhibit to the other.”
 
Watch video of Aria in the media player above, and click here for a gallery of photos of the baby rhino.