Day 480 of Pregnancy for Nikki
Today is day 480 of Nikki’s pregnancy. Indian rhinos are pregnant for 462 – 491 days, so she could deliver her calf any day. Many visitors ask the same questions when they’re watching Nikki, so here are the answers to your FAQs…
Q: Why doesn’t she have water in her pool?
A: The water temperature is too cool for Nikki and would be too cool for the baby. She still has access to plenty of drinking water.
Q: Does she give birth lying down?
A: She’ll probably be lying down for the final push but goes up and down during labor.
Q: How long does labor last?
A: About 3 hours.
Q: How much will the calf weigh?
A: 80 – 100 pounds
Q: How much does Nikki weigh?
A: 4,299 pounds!!
Q: When will the calf start to nurse?
A: About 30 minutes – 2 hours after birth
If you have any other questions, please post them.