Watch Seyia give birth to baby Kendi in the video player above. Disclaimer: Don’t watch if birthing mammals make you uncomfortable.
CINCINNATI — Fiona the hippopotamus is going to have to share the limelight with Kendi, an eastern black rhino born Monday at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.
After a 15-month gestation period, Seyia gave birth to the healthy calf at 5:05 a.m. Monday after about 30 minutes of labor. Surveillance cameras inside the rhino barn recorded the birth and the mom and baby’s first moments.
“Every rhino calf born is incredibly important for the population, which includes fewer than 60 in North America. Calves will stay with their mothers for three to four years, which means that the average female can only have one calf every five years,” said Christina Gorsuch, curator of mammals at the Cincinnati Zoo. “This calf is only the fifth eastern black rhino born in the last two years in …