Otto the rhino returns to Colchester Zoo
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A crane was used to safely transport a white rhinoceros back into Colchester Zoo - watch the video here.
Otto the rhino has returned home to Colchester Zoo after being away at another park for over a year.
The rhino was taken to Woburn Safari Park in Milton Keynes to see if he would mate with the female rhinos there.
At the time Colchester Zoo’s female rhino Emily was pregnant with Otto’s young male Kirafru.
Otto’s arrival means he will be able to meet his son for the first time, along with Astrid another female who arrived while Otto was away.
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It is hoped that Astrid will be another breeding partner for Otto.
His keepers are extremely pleased to have him back home and made sure they gave him a scratch and tickle to welcome him.
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White rhinoceros are currently listed as near threatened on the IUCN red list. This is why it is so important for breeding to take place.
In other news, the adorable young lemurs at the zoo have been named after ice lollies to go with the beautiful weather we have been having.
The five incredibly cute lemurs are called Calippo, Magnum, Solero, Twister, and Cornetto.