Everyone, meet Nandu.
The Toronto Zoo’s Indian rhino calf was finally given a name Thursday, as keepers unveiled a giant nameplate in front of his enclosure.
The name Nandu, which means “one who is cheerful and happy,” was chosen in an online vote that began in April.
Nandu is just 3 months old, but he’s growing up fast. The zoo says he weighs more than 500 pounds and puts on about 5 pounds per day. Some of his teeth are coming in, and he’s starting to eat solid foods.
He has also been introduced to the outdoors, seems to love going through the mud with his mom, Asha. In a video posted to the Toronto Zoo’s Youtube page Thursday, mom and tot stroll around their habitat.
The Toronto Zoo is part of an international program to conserve the world’s Indian rhino population.
There are only 2,000 Indian rhinos left in the wild. They are considered a “vulnerable” species, just one level above endangered.
Visitors can see Nandu at the zoo from 1 to 6 p.m. daily, though his keepers warn that he and his mom also have access to an indoor area and may be out of sight depending on what they’re up to.
via Peter Goffin, The Star | video via YouTube |