Lincoln Park Zoo’s newest rhinoceros will make his public debut Wednesday — but no promises that visitors will actually get to see him. The yet-to-be-named eastern black rhinoceros calf, born May 19, had access to his outdoor habitat for the first time Tuesday. But three hours after the habitat gates were opened, the baby rhino had just barely peeked outside. “Every day, the animals have the choice to be in whatever part of the habitat,” said Mike Murray, the zoo’s curator of mammals. “This is not unusual for a rhino to choose not to go somewhere.” That doesn’t mean zoo staff didn’t try. Trainers used food and treats to try to lure the calf’s mother, 13-year-old Kapuki, outside, hoping her baby would follow. Zoo staff even tried opening and closing the habitat doors and rerouting the animals to try to get them into the sun. Murray said zoo staff knew the baby rhino was ready to go outside; he’d spent a month bonding with his mother inside the habitat, and met all the milestones in terms of size, strength and activity. The baby doesn’t yet have a name, but Murray said they are working on choosing one. In the past… Read full this story
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