In animal news this week, a zoo in the Netherlands celebrated the birth of a rare white rhino. Born prematurely, "Vince" reportedly appears healthy. With 20,000 individuals in existence, white rhinos are listed as "near threatened" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Researchers recently announced that new hotspots for deep-sea corals have been discovered off the U.S. East Coast. OurAmazingPlanet reports that Martha Nizinski, chief scientist of the research cruise, said in a statement, "We know very little about the distribution and ecology of corals in the canyons off the Northeast coast. Although our explorations have just begun, we've already increased our knowledge about these deepwater coral habitats a hundred times over."

This week we witnessed a female dolphin giving birth in hawaii in this amazing video from Dolphin Quest. Born on September 17, the pup is the first for mother Keo. Dr. Rae Stone, a marine mammal veterinarian and Dolphin Quest co-founder who was present at the birth, said, "The trust shared between Keo and her human crew members throughout the birth of this beautiful baby was extraordinary."

Sadly, Washington state animal authorities seized "39 emaciated and sickly horses on Wednesday from inhumane conditions in dark stalls filled with feces on a breeding farm outside of Tacoma," reported Reuters. Pierce County Animal Control supervisor Brian Boman told Reuters, "It was like a puppy mill, only with horses."

In case you missed it, check out this video of a woman hand-feeding a wild stingray.

Find some of the week's best animal photos below:

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  • Kukena, the baby western lowland gorilla, clings to his mother Salome while she opens wrapped gifts of food given as Kukena's first birthday at Bristol Zoo Gardens in Bristol, Britain Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. Kukena celebrates his first birthday on Thursday. (AP Photo/Ben Birchall, PA)

  • Two still nameless Amur tiger twin cubs (<em>Panthera tigris altaica</em>), also known as the Siberian tiger, stand in front of a small pond during their first walks in the enclosure in the Leipzig Zoo in Leipzig, central Germany Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. The two Amur tiger babies were born on July 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

  • In this photo taken on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, Tori, a female orangutan carries her baby at Satwa Taru Jurug zoo in Solo, Central Java, Indonesia. Tori, known as one of the female orangutans which like to smoke cigaret that was given by zoo visitors, gave birth to the baby on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. (AP Photo)

  • One of the Amur tiger twin cubs (<em>Panthera tigris altaica</em>) yawns near mother 'Bella' during their first walks in the enclosure in the Leipzig Zoo in Leipzig, central Germany Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. Two Amur tiger babies were born on July 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

  • WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: Tian Tian, the 275-pound male giant panda at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, climbs a tree in his outdoor enclosure the day after the death of a six-day-old panda cub at the zoo September 24, 2012 in Washington, DC. The preliminary necropsy of the 4-ounce female cub did not immediately reveal the cause of death but zoo Chief Veterinarian Dr. Suzan Murray said the initial exam made it appear the cub was not crushed by her mother. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • A yellow tang fish (L) (<em>Zebrasoma flavescens</em>) and a occelaris clown fish (<em>Amphiprion occelaris</em>) swim in the aquarium of the Schoenbrunn zoo in the gardens of the Schoenbrunn Palace in Vienna on September 27, 2012. AFP PHOTO ALEXANDER KLEIN

  • One month-old baby mandrill Aron clings to his mother Sandra in their cage at Berlin's Zoologischer Garten zoo on September 28, 2012. The mandrill (<em>Mandrillus sphinx</em>) is a primate of the Old World monkey (<em>Cercopithecidae</em>) family,closely related to the baboons and even more closely to the drill. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL

  • An elephant swims behind a window in the elephants' indoor pool of the Leipzig Zoo in Leipzig, central Germany, on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

  • WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: Tian Tian, the 275-pound male giant panda at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, moves around in his outdoor enclosure the day after the death of a six-day-old panda cub at the zoo September 24, 2012 in Washington, DC. The preliminary necropsy of the 4-ounce female cub did not immediately reveal the cause of death but zoo Chief Veterinarian Dr. Suzan Murray said the initial exam made it appear the cub was not crushed by her mother. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • A male Hamadryas baboon is perched on a rock in front of one of the high rise buildings that surround Berlin's Zoologischer Garten zoo September 28, 2012. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL

  • A colored salted water fish swims in the aquarium of the Schoenbrunn zoo in the gardens of the Schoenbrunn Palace in Vienna on September 27, 2012. AFP PHOTO ALEXANDER KLEIN

  • Young Pacific moon jellyfishes (<em>Aurelia labiata</em>) swim in the aquarium of the Schoenbrunn zoo in the gardens of the Schoenbrunn Palace in Vienna on September 27, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER KLEIN

  • A yellow tang fish (<em>Zebrasoma flavescens</em>) swims in the aquarium of the Schoenbrunn zoo in the gardens of the Schoenbrunn Palace in Vienna on September 27, 2012. AFP PHOTO ALEXANDER KLEIN

  • Tori, the 15-year-old orangutan famed for smoking when she was five, holds her days-old baby at the zoo in Solo-Central Java, on September 28, 2012. A smoking orangutan who became the star attraction in an Indonesian zoo gave birth to a baby orangutan this week, a zoo official said. AFP PHOTO / Anwar MUSTAFA

  • A duck lands in a pond in front of a flying pigeon n Moscow, on September 26, 2012. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV

  • One month-old baby mandrill Aron clings to his mother Sandra in their cage at Berlin's Zoologischer Garten zoo on September 28, 2012. The mandrill (<em>Mandrillus sphinx</em>) is a primate of the Old World monkey (<em>Cercopithecidae</em>) family,closely related to the baboons and even more closely to the drill. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL

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