There’s a new baby rhino at the Bronx Zoo! Indian one-horned rhinos Penny and Sanjay are new parents to a frisky female baby, the 13th rhino born at the Bronx Zoo since 1986. She weighs 120 pounds but she could grow to weigh more than 4,000 pounds — that’s about the weight of an average U.S. car.
From the Bronx Zoo:
Indian rhinos are native to the grasslands and swampy areas of northern India and southern Nepal. Fewer than 3,000 are estimated to remain in the wild, with nearly 70 percent of the population living in Kaziranga National Park in India. They are generally solitary animals except when mating or when females have young offspring.
Indian rhinos are designated as “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and as “endangered” by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Exhibit times sound like they may be reduced a bit to acclimate her to the zoo, but if you’re in the New York tri-state area, you can see the baby from the zoo’s Wild Asia Monorail.
What does a baby rhino sound like? Listen to this baby rhino in South Africa.
Is it their little pink faces or their little wiggling “feet” that make baby stingrays so phenomenal to watch? (Spoiler: alas, those are pelvic fins, not tiny, dancing feet.) These little guys were filmed in 2010 at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon.
Stingrays are ovoviparous, meaning that the eggs develop and hatch inside the mother, who then give birth to live young. They have between 5 and 13 offspring at a time. Before birth, the female holds the embryos in the womb without a placenta. Instead, the embryos absorb nutrients from a yolk sac, and after the sac is depleted, the mother provides uterine “milk”.
Update: A few readers have suggested these might be skates. Anyone know for sure? Tweet @thekidshouldsee.
A huge baby Sperm Whale swimming alone in sunlit waters while its mother dives deep into the dark ocean for food. However, the baby isn’t as alone as it seems; he can hear his mother’s familiar sonar clicks from a quarter of a mile below him. From National Geographic, a baby Sperm Whale swims solo.
Watch more amazing whale videos.
Thanks, Annie and Adrian.
Yay!! for clear underwater footage of unusual animals, (yes, even when they’re busy eating each other for lunch), via jtotheizzoe:
The Sea’s Strangest Square Mile
Sit back and let your eyes soak up this goggle-fogging journey to the Lembeh Strait near Indonesia by Shark Bay Films. It’s known as one of the richest homes of odd coral reef creatures on Earth.
Lightning-quick eels! Coral-colored, pregnant frogfish stuffing their bellies with wriggling prey! Baby cuttlefish!! BABY CUTTLEFISH!!!
More animals with camouflage skills are hiding in the archives. Plus, cephalopods, because.
Though they’ll grow to be predators someday, there are currently 3 lion cubs, a tiger cub and a hyena cub — all under six months old — that are enjoying an unusual friendship. Travel to the Akwaaba Lodge in Rustenburg, South Africa to meet Delano, Romeo, Maximus, Bella, and Milika…
via Daily of the Day.