Baby white rhino makes public debut

Wednesday 04 June 2008 20.06
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Mother & Child - This unnamed baby white rhino made her public debut
Mother & Child - This unnamed baby white rhino made her public debut
Ashanti - CCTV footage from Dublin Zoo
Ashanti - CCTV footage from Dublin Zoo

The newest addition to the Dublin Zoo, a baby white rhinoceros, made her public debut today.

Baby White Rhino at Dublin ZooThe 70kg baby rhino (left) is the first one born in Dublin in 14 years.

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

Late last year, zookeepers took the unusual step of adding non-toxic glitter into Ashanti’s food to determine if she was pregnant.

Both Ashanti and one of the other females, Zanta, had different coloured glitter added to their feed.

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