News

Promise of baby makes mum's day

SEEING a 2000kg rhino act "a little hormonal" may sound like scary business.

But for the team at Australia Zoo, it is the most exciting news of the year.

Inyeti, a six-year-old southern white rhino, is expecting her first calf.

It is the first successful conception for the zoo's rhino breeding program and comes just one year after the birth of 600kg Savannah.

For Robert, Bindi and Terri Irwin, it was a special Mother's Day surprise.

"It is huge news for us, being the first baby for Inyeti and the first conception here at the Zoo," Terri said.

"It was very exciting news when we found out she was expecting and there is a great buzz around the zoo now."

Inyeti arrived from Western Plains Zoo in NSW in 2010.

THE plan was to breed her with first-time dad DJ - a nine-year-old white rhino stud.

Terri said the arrival would be a win for the survival of the white rhino.

Its numbers are estimated at just 20,150 in the wild, with a further 780 in captivity.

"It is vital that we keep working to save this species, not just here at the zoo but through our work in Africa and putting an end to poaching," she said.

"Our new arrival is exciting news for the species and one more step in the right direction for protecting these magnificent creatures."

The conception was caught on camera while Bindi was filming Bindi's Boot Camp at the Zoo's Africa enclosure.

"Bindi had to stop filming for 30 minutes because DJ and Inyeti were mating in the background of her shot," Terri said.

"At least we have some idea of when the baby was conceived."

It will be at least 16 months before the new rhino is born.

The expected arrival date is in April next year.

Curator Kelsey Engle said Inyeti would make a wonderful first-time mum.

"She is very good with Savannah, Caballe's little baby - although she is a little hormonal at the moment," Mrs Engle said.

"She has all the makings for a great mum when the calf finally arrives.

"Now we just have to wait."

Inyeti's baby rhino is expected to weigh about 60kg when it is born.

Topics:  australia zoo rhino



Plans floated for Ballina trawler harbour

Dredging has been finished at the Ballina trawler harbour.

Ballina mayor wants to make river big asset

He served his country but died a lonely death

BEFORE: A photo of Walter Derrett's grave taken in 1934 and printed in the Northern Star.

One of the saddest stories Tales from the Grave has uncovered

Busy year for busy bees restoring neglected duck pond

From left, Mark Bailey and Derek Goodwin of South Lismore Duck Pond Landcare with the Mayor of Lismore Isaac Smith.

South Lismore Duck Pond wins grant to continue much-needed work

Local Partners

Wonderland star hits the big time in America

HE MAY not be James Bond, but Bundaberg lad Michael Dorman has hit the big time in a lead on Amazon web series Patriot.

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

Chris Cheney of The Living End stars in the Australian production of Green Days musical American Idiot at Brisbane's QPAC Theatre.

TAKE a look behind the scenes of Green Day's American Idiot musical

Northern Rivers gig guide

PIRATE FLAG: The Hussy Hick's latest single is a crowd favourite that echoes a sentiment of political scepticism. Hear Pirate Flag at Tintenbar Upfront, Tintenbar Hall, tomorrow 7.30pm. $20.

What's on this week in local entertainment

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.

Hollywood actor and Oscars voter says Denzel should win top gong

Former Family Matters stare accused of child abuse

Reginald VelJohnson, left, and Darius McCrary arrive at the TV Land Awards on Sunday, April 19, 2009 in Universal City, Calif.

Darius McCrary has been accused of child abuse

Bindi Irwin's birthday tribute to her dad

Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin has paid tribute to her dad on his 55th birthday

Stunning home blends South Pacific beauty with Orient style

Immaculate residence with two outdoor living areas

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!