Baby white rhino born in Australian zoo

  • 20 June 2013
Baby white rhino being fed

The Werribee Zoo in Melbourne has a new addition - Pepper the baby white rhino.

Staff there are delighted because white rhinos are a critically endangered species, with more deaths from poaching than births last year.

White rhino horn is in great demand in China and south-east Asia, where some people use them as medicine.

"We are very happy with her progress and she is showing all the signs of being a healthy rhino," said Zoo Director, Sally Lewis.

The baby will have 24-hour care at the zoo's animal hospital and is likely to be introduced to the rest of the herd when she's six weeks old.

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