That's one big baby!
At 7:44 a.m. on Sunday, April 4, a 17-year-old broad-lipped rhino gave birth to a little — or should we say huge — boy at the Burger's Zoo in the Netherlands. According to the zoo, the birth went "smoothly," and they have some adorable photos to prove it!
Scroll down to see the mom and son spend some of their first days side by side.
The offspring was the mom's fourth child, and each pregnancy lasts around 17 months.
A young broad-lipped rhinoceros tends to weighs between 110 and 132 pounds. "The young also grows very fast during the first days of life," the zoo noted, revealing its body weight increases between 2.5 and 4.5 pounds each day!
An adult can weigh anywhere between 3,000 and 8,000 pounds and typically measures in at around five or six feet tall, the World Wildlife Fund reports.
He's all ears! The mother traveled from Kolmarden, Sweden, to the Netherlands' Arnhem back in 2013. According to the zoo, the broad-lipped rhino, also known as a white rhino, is the most social of all five species.
The majority of the species come from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe or Kenya.
Up on his own four feet!
Rhinos can be poached for their horns, but the WWF makes a huge effort to try and keep them safe. Since the white rhino isn't in immediate danger of extinction, the WWF focuses "on the conservation" of the other four.
At the moment, the organization is "working to contribute to their population recovery and growth by achieving an annual growth rate of at least 5 percent for key populations."
The WWF states it's still important to protect the animals, as they help "protect other species. Rhinos contribute to economic growth and sustainable development through the tourism industry, which creates job opportunities and provides tangible benefits to local communities living alongside rhinos."
"We have been particularly successful in breeding broad-lipped rhinoceroses," the zoo shared, noting they're in the top five European zoos to do so year after year.