Big day out for rhino calf Oban

The Herald (South Africa) - - WORLD -

A BABY white rhino has made his first foray into the spot­light, gal­lop­ing into a pub­lic en­clo­sure at the Sin­ga­pore Zoo af­ter be­ing given a name – Oban, which means “King” in the African Yoruba lan­guage.

The calf spent the first few weeks of his life bond­ing with his mother in pri­vate, but when he be­came a month old, zookeep­ers de­cided it was time to in­tro­duce Oban to the pub­lic en­clo­sure, home to an­other six white rhi­nos.

Af­ter mov­ing in early on Wed­nes­day morn­ing, the cu­ri­ous young­ster frol­icked around and chased birds as he got know his sur­round­ings.

His mother Donsa, who is 32 years old and has had 11 calves, kept a watch­ful eye.

Ini­tially he will spend just two hours a day in the pub­lic eye be­fore his time in the spot­light is grad­u­ally in­creased.

His name in Yoruba was cho­sen as a nod to the white rhino’s roots.

Calves born in Sin­ga­pore have been sent to zoos in Aus­tralia, In­done­sia and Thai­land as part of con­ser­va­tion ef­forts. – AFP

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