White rhinoceros born at Dublin Zoo

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Mother & Child - The unnamed calf comforts her tired mother Ashanti
Mother & Child - The unnamed calf comforts her tired mother Ashanti
First Photo - This female calf stood up just minutes after she was born
First Photo - This female calf stood up just minutes after she was born

A baby white rhinoceros has become the latest addition to Dublin Zoo, the first one born in Dublin in 14 years.

The 70kg female calf stood up within minutes of her birth.

She is on view to the public from Wednesday.

Its mother Ashanti is one of the six white rhinos at the zoo.

Late last year, zookeepers took unusual steps to determine her pregnancy.

They put non-toxic glitter into the feed of Ashanti and one of the other females, Zanta. One got silver glitter, the other blue.

That allowed keepers to identify Ashanti's dung and test it for increased hormone levels.

Click here to watch Ashanti's music video 'Baby'