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Amazing moment white rhino gives birth captured on CCTV

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The amazing moment a white rhino gave birth to her calf has been captured on CCTV.

The rare footage of mum Ailsa having her first baby was captured by staff at West Midland Safari Park on Friday.

And it is the first white rhino to be born at the park for 10 years.

Sharing the incredible moment on Facebook, staff wrote: "This is the first rhino to be born here since the baby's dad Barney, who was born in 2005.

"Within an hour, the cute youngster was up on his feet demanding attention from mum Ailsa.

"Ailsa will have her work cut out for her over the next few weeks as the newbie needs feeding regularly throughout the day and will stay closely by her side for up to two years."

The newest addition to the park has yet to be given a name but at just a few days he is already giving his mum the run around.

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Rhino pregnancies can last for well over a year - one of the longest gestation periods of any animal.

White rhino Ailsa was pregnant for 16 months before she gave birth.

Deputy head keeper Lisa Watkins said the calf was not only fantastic news for the park but also for white rhino conservation.

"The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists rhinos as 'near threatened' with them being poached every day for the illegal rhino horn trade.

"We hope that our adorable newcomer will help highlight the very real danger the species still faces."