Big day out for rhino calf Oban
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