ORLANDO, Fla. — Disney World has welcomed the arrival of another baby animal.

What You Need To Know

  • White rhino calf born at Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • The calf was born to first-time mom Jao

  • The pair are bonding backstage, Disney said

A white rhino calf was born Wednesday morning at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Dr. Mark Penning, vice president of Disney’s Animals, Science & Environment, shared the news on Instagram.

“Our team of animal care experts welcomed our newest baby animal to the family this morning — an adorable white rhino calf,” Penning wrote. “White rhinos are endangered, so this birth is extra special for this incredible species.”

The calf, whose weight and sex are not yet known, is bonding backstage with first-time mom Jao. Eventually the pair will join the other white rhinos at the park’s Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction.

Disney plans to share more photos and updates about the new calf “soon.”

In the last several months, Animal Kingdom has had a number of animal births. In July, a baby gorilla and a baby Nile hippopotamus were born a day apart. And in June, the park welcomed a male Masai giraffe calf.


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