06/19/2012 04:30 pm ET | Updated Jun 19, 2012

Rare White Rhino Born At Tel Aviv Zoological Center (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

Tanda, a white rhino at the Tel Aviv Zoological Center has given birth to a male calf named Terkel, the animal blog Zooborns reports.

According to the blog, the baby was named in honor of zoo curator Dr. Amelia Terkel, who is retiring after 30 years in the industry. The 20-year-old mother rhino also has another son, named Tibor.

"This is an extremely rare event in captivity, and it's touching," Netta Guetta, who heads up the zoo's African animals department, told the AFP. "Immediately after giving birth, the mother tenderly licked her calf and began to breast-feed."

The birth is particularly noteworthy, as the white rhino is classified as "near threatened" on the IUCN Red List due to the constant threat of poaching.


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