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Nikki Gave Birth This Morning

Randy Pairan and rhino team caring for baby rhino.

Nikki gave birth early this morning to the world’s first live Indian rhino calf produced by artificial insemination (AI).  She delivered a male calf at 6:06 a.m. in her indoor stall. Currently, the calf is in critical condition with Zoo staff working diligently to feed and stabilize him. Meanwhile, Nikki is doing well and will remain indoors.

Nikki has been monitored 24 hours a day since the first of October. Nikki became increasingly restless throughout Monday evening into the night. Cincinnati Zoo Volunteer Observers called Zoo staff in early Tuesday morning. Nikki delivered her calf while volunteer and staff watched anxiously via a live video feed. As soon as the calf was born,  not moving or breathing,  Zoo staff immediately jumped into action to assist and resuscitate the calf.  The calf has been successfully breathing on its own since.

“The staff here at the Zoo is working tirelessly to do everything possible to support this calf,” said Dr. Monica Stoops, CREW Reproductive Physiologist and project leader at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. “We will continue to work to assist him during this critical period.”

Not only is this the world’s first successful live birth of an endangered Indian rhino conceived by artificial insemination (AI), but it is also the world’s first Indian rhino produced with frozen-thawed sperm.


1 Tania { 10.27.10 at 12:51 am }

I hope he is alright! Prayers with him!

2 Pam { 10.27.10 at 1:14 am }

Do hope the baby will survive, keeping everything crossed.

3 LuluB { 10.27.10 at 1:41 am }

Thinking only strong, positive thoughts for this new little life. Come on babe, be strong. And well done Nikki, such a good, good girl. xx

4 Sheila { 10.27.10 at 1:54 am }

Crossing fingers that all will be OK for the baby and mother.

5 bucko { 10.27.10 at 3:24 am }

This little rhino has the best team in the world caring for him. He is beautiful. We know how hard you are working at the zoo. Your efforts don’t go unnoticed. Sending caring thoughts for Nikki and her baby. bucko

6 bucko { 10.27.10 at 9:00 am }

We are deeply saddened to hear the news Nikki’s calf has passed away. This little rhino’s life inspired us all. He will be missed greatly. It just strenthens my resolve to work toward the conservation of these magnificent animals.bucko

7 JaneG { 10.28.10 at 2:15 am }

I agree with Bucko, it’s a very sad time for everyone. I’m sure there are many of us around the world that are crying with you and sharing your loss. I hope Nikki will be ok.

8 Pia { 10.28.10 at 9:04 am }

I am so sorry for your loss. The is nothing sadder than watching the magnificent birth process, especially one that was so important as this then see it fail. I pray for the Momma and all the staff that tried to save him. God bless His creations. So very sad to see that he did not make it. My prays to the staff again.

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