In Germany, Baby Rhino Is the New Knut

Baby rhinoceros rejected by its mother will be raised by humans
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2009 9:19 AM CDT
The newborn rhino is fed at Allwetterzoo Zoo in Muenster, Germany. The rhino was born Sunday.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A rhinoceros born Sunday in Germany is poised to become that country’s next cute and cuddly animal sensation, Der Spiegel reports. The as yet unnamed baby rhino, already 128 pounds, will live at the zoo in the city of Münster and be raised by humans after its mother rejected it. The 18-year-old mother, Emmi, had killed two of her offspring previously, and was acting distraught during the birth.

“Emmi kept pushing the little rhino into a corner,” says a Münster Zoo biologist. “We decided to intervene after four minutes.”