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Zoo seeks name for first Welsh-born baby rhino

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The youngster was born at Folly Farm last month.

Baby black rhinoceros

The first rhino to be born in Wales is looking for a name – and the public is being asked to help.

The young Eastern black rhino was born at Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo on January 16 to first-time mum Dakima after a 15-month pregnancy.

Baby black rhinoceros
The youngster was born to mum Dakima last month at Folly Farm in Wales (Ben Birchall/PA)

Now staff at the zoo have asked the public for help coming up with a suitable name for the calf.

In a Facebook post, they wrote: “He’s the first rhino to be born in Wales and we’re very proud of this. So, we’re after some name suggestions with a Welsh theme.

Baby black rhinoceros
He is the first rhino to be born in wales, according to the zoo (Ben Birchall/PA)

“This can either be a Welsh word or a Welsh name (we’d love to hear the meaning behind it).”

Among the names being suggested were Glynn, Rhion and Llwyd, which means grey in Welsh.

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Baby black rhinoceros
Keepers are asking for the public’s input on a name (Ben Birchall/PA)

New pictures show Dakima paying close attention to her new baby in their enclosure.

The pair are not yet on display to the public as zookeepers keep a close eye on them following the birth.

Eastern black rhinos are critically endangered, with fewer than 650 thought to be left in the wild.

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