Baby Rhino Sounds Like Kitten, Delights Zoo Visitors

CENPublished: September 5, 2016Updated: September 6, 2016659 views
Published: September 5, 2016Updated: September 6, 2016

The squeaking calls of a newborn baby rhinoceros that make it sound like a kitten as it calls for its mother has made it a huge hit among zoo visitors - and an online celebrity.

The baby rhinoceros named Thomas was born on 30th May at Burger’s Zoo in the city of Arnhem in the eastern part of the Netherlands.

The birth of rhino calves are always hard to predict as it is near impossible to do an ultrasound because of the size of the animal. After a pregnancy, which lasts between 16 and 18 months, mother Kwanzaa delivered the healthy young male rhinoceros.

Thomas turned out to be a very curious little calf. When he spots zookeeper’s camera, he instantly walks around the enclosure to investigate - making him very popular online.

According to the zoo, the cute sounds the animal makes are quite special as they are not what visitors expect. A fully grown male rhinoceros can easily weigh up to 2,400 kilogrammes (5,000 lbs) and reach a length of 15 feet.

Zoo visitor Marianne Bodde-van Hagen was among those who wrote that she did not expect a rhinoceros to make such a sound.

She wrote: "It almost sounds like a kitten."

Korriene Kremer wrote: "He is so cute. It is such a rugged little creature, which then makes such an unusual sound which you simply don't expect."

Rhinoceros Thomas Kwanzaa’s fifth calf in the 111-acre Dutch zoo which welcomes around 1.5 million visitors each year.

The zoo is famous for its covered enclosures in which it recreates the exact conditions, temperature and humidity found in a tropical rainforest, a mangrove swamp and a desert.

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