In Switzerland at 71 kilo (11st.
SV: Mother Rhino preparing to give birth
CU AND SV: Rhino on side showing udders
SV: Rhino at water-breaking stage then resting a moment (3 shots)
SCU: Baby being born (2 shots)
SV: Mother Rhino beginning to clean newborn, by licking
CU: Afterbirth being expelled by Mother
SV AND CU: Mother licking her newborn (2 shots)
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Background: In Switzerland at 71 kilo (11st. 4 Lb) baby rhinoceros was born in Basel zoo last week (11 January). He is the third generation of rhinos the zoo has bred in captivity, and for the first time, television cameras were able to film the birth.
SYNOPSIS: Meet the proud mother-to-be: Indian Unicorn Rhino Tanaya, who herself is eight years old, and the second generation of Rhinos to live in Basel zoo. For a five tonne animal like Tanaya, giving birth is not easy. It took her eight-and-a-half hours from first labour to afterbirth. But with the help of Basel zoo's veterinarian the great moment was about to come.
It's a healthy baby boy, and he weighs 71 kilos (11st. 4 Lb). His name is Citawan. He's the 18th Rhino to be born in Basel zoo, and the first news is that Citawan is a busy eater -- he drinks about 20 litres (4.4 gal) of mile a day. Rhinos are solitary animals whose natural habitat grasslands or marshes, but they are listed as an endangered species. Breeding the animals in captivity often offers the only hope for their survival until adequate protection can be provided in the wild.