Endangered baby rhino born at Czech zoo is named Kyiv in honour of Ukraine

16 March 2022, 15:14

Kyiv the baby rhino in Prague
The baby rhino has been named Kyiv in honour of the Ukrainian soldiers who are battling the Russian invasion (AP Photo/Petr David Josek). Picture: PA

The critically endangered eastern black rhinoceros was born at the Dvur Kralove zoo in Prague.

A Czech zoo has welcomed a critically endangered eastern black rhinoceros baby that has taken the name of Ukraine’s capital Kyiv in honour of that country’s resistance to invading Russian forces.

The rhino was born early on March 4 in the Dvur Kralove zoo, a rare occurrence for the facility even if it has the most rhinos belonging to the subspecies.

“The name is another expression of our support for the Ukrainian heroes,” said zoo director, Premysl Rabas.

Kyiv’s mother, Eva, has been taking care of him in a best possible way, the zoo said, with the baby gaining a kilogram a day. The baby currently weighs about 50 kilograms.

Poaching has reduced the number of the eastern black rhinos living in the wild to about 800. The Czech park has 14.

Only three other such rhinos have been born in other zoos around the world in the last year.

A total of 47 eastern black rhinos have been born in Dvur Kralove since the park received the first one in 1971.

Many of them are now in various zoos around the world but nine have been returned to Rwanda and Tanzania to live in the wild.

By Press Association

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