A 9-week-old greater one-horned rhino calf made her debut at the San
Diego Zoo Safari Park today, under the watchful eye of her attentive
mother. The pair came out of the Park’s maternity corral, and mother
Alta led her calf around the Safari Park’s 40-acre Asian Plains habitat.
While the calf walked, a layer of young, pink skin could be spied
underneath the folds of her thickening, armor-like, dark gray top layer
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When the Sumatran rhino isn’t eating or patrolling its territory, it spends most of its time in wallows, spending anything from one to five hours taking mud baths. If the rhino cannot find a natural mud hole, it will use its horn and feet to deepen and expand puddles. Wallowing not only helps keep the rhino cool and free from parasites, it is vital to the animals’ health. Captive rhinos who were not provided with wallows quickly began to suffer from pustules, skin inflammations, eye problems, inflamed nails, and hair loss, all of which can become so severe that the animal will die.