Baby rhino will be one for record book

Excerpt from article posted on on 8/30/2010

By John Johnston

The mother-to-be, who has gained 60 pounds since June, opens her massive mouth and begs for a snack.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden keepers oblige with apple-oat biscuits, and the 4,120-pound Indian rhinoceros named Nikki happily chomps away during her monthly ultrasound procedure.

“I can see the placenta,” says zoo scientist Monica Stoops, holding a probe to the rhino’s underbelly while watching grainy black-and-white images on a monitor. “And I see lots of dark fluid, which is what’s surrounding the baby. And I see parts of the baby.

“Everything looks great.”

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