Colchester Zoo's rhino becomes a dad

A RHINO from Colchester zoo has become a father following a successful breeding programme, it has been revealed today.

A RHINO from Colchester zoo has become a father following a successful breeding programme, it has been revealed today.

A baby white rhino was born at Budapest Zoo in Hungary last month thanks to artificial insemination using frozen sperm from Colchester's white rhino Simba.

This was the first time that Simba's sperm was used successfully. The second successful procedure was carried out on Colchester's female rhino Cynthia, who is now five and months pregnant.

A spokesman from the Budapest Zoo said: “Both veterinarians of Budapest Zoo and specialists of the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research have worked very hard for such a successful achievement.”

Colchester Zoo's vets and rhino keepers are delighted with the two rhino success stories.

A spokesman for the zoo added: “We are all very excited about the birth of our own baby rhino in September 2009. Again, this procedure at Colchester Zoo was a success thanks to the AI expertise of the Leibniz Institute.”