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White rhino calf born at Toronto Zoo

Last Updated Dec 28, 2017 at 8:14 am EDT

The Toronto Zoo welcomed a new addition to its animal family over the Christmas break with the birth of a white rhinoceros.

The near-threatened animal is the first white rhino to be born at the zoo in 27 years and he entered the world on Christmas Eve.

The calf weighs in at a healthy 62.3 kg and has been nursing more than expected, the Toronto Zoo said in a news release.

Its mother, Zohari, is a seven-year-old white rhino and has been at the Toronto Zoo since 2012, on a breeding loan from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

Zoo officials say the first-time mom is “restful, calm and protective.”

The white rhinoceros is listed as a near-threatened species and is frequently poached for its horn.

There are only 20-thousand left in the wild, according to conservation groups.