A treat for Halloween unicorns born in a Dutch zoo

Arnhem, Netherlands, Oct 28 – A Dutch zoo said it received a pre-Halloween treat in the form of a square-lipped male rhinoceros born on Tuesday.

The mother and baby are in good health and the calf has been named “Stark” in honor of one of her fellow human beings who will retire, said Marilyn Jessen of the Royal Burger Zoo in Arnhem.

was the birth broadcast live From a camera inside a warm animal enclosure to fans who were willing to stay tuned for the 3am event.

“I think it’s a great treatment, of course,” Jessen said. “I don’t know if there are a lot of kids running around in unicorns but maybe there will be now.”

Burgers Zoo is one of Europe’s most successful breeding rhinos, an endangered species, having produced 14 species in total since 1977.

A newborn rhinoceros resting on the ground next to a mother rhino.
The Dutch zoo has had a huge rhino breeding success in the past few decades, producing 14 rhinos since 1977.
Photograph: Berrochka van de Wou/Reuters
A newborn rhinoceros stands next to its mother
The late-night birth was also broadcast live around 3am from inside the enclosure.
Photograph: Berrochka van de Wou/Reuters
A newborn rhinoceros stands with a mother unicorn
A male square-lipped rhinoceros was born on October 28 at the Royal Burgers Zoo.
Photograph: Berrochka van de Wou/Reuters

Jessen said the zoo has no secret recipe.

“We have two animals right now that are fertile and can procreate,” Jessine said, noting that Stark’s mother, Kwanzaa, gave birth to seven calves.

“Maybe it’s a little luck.”


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