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White rhino born at Cotswold Wildlife Park

  • 5 July 2013
  • From the section Oxford

A rare white rhino calf has been born at a wildlife park in Oxfordshire - the first in the park's 43-year history.

She was born to first time parents who were moved from South Africa to Cotswold Wildlife Park in 2009, in the hope they would successfully breed.

Curator Jamie Craig said: "We have our fingers crossed as calves can be very vulnerable for a while after birth."

The species was on the verge of extinction in the 1900s when between 20 and 50 remained in Africa.

The calf is yet to be named but mother Nancy was personally named by David Cameron, after his daughter.

The prime minister is MP for the area.

'In good health'

Female white rhinos only reproduce every two-and-a-half to five years.

Debbie Ryan, from the park, said: "The window of opportunity for successful reproduction is limited.

"The baby remains very close to its mother and both are in good health."

One of the park's first large mammals was a white rhino called Bull, brought to the UK in 1972.

He died at the age of 42.

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