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Baby rhino on the way at Colchester Zoo

Astrid (pictured above) is expecting a calf. Picture credits: Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo have confirmed that one of their female White rhinos, Astrid, is expecting a calf.

The news comes a month after White rhino Emily gave birth to her third calf, Lottie.

Astrid is due to give birth around October 2020, after a pregnancy of 16 months.

Read more: Colchester Zoo welcomes White rhino calf days into 2020

The pregnancy was confirmed last year (2019) via hormone analysis and sent to a specialised lab, after the Animal Care Team had their suspicions.

The calf will be the sixth White rhino born at Colchester Zoo and represents the zoo's successful breeding programme.

Astrid arrived at Colchester Zoo in 2016 and lives with two other female White rhinos called Emily and Binta.

(The calf will be Astrid's first which is fathered by Otto. Picture credits: Colchester Zoo)

White rhinos are listed as 'Near Threatened' on the IUCN Red List due to the poaching crisis and ivory trade.

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