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Meet Winifred, the 140-pound baby rhino at Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens has a new bouncing baby rhino, a girl named Winnifred, who at 3 days old weighs 140 pounds.

And she will grow quickly, gaining as much as four pounds a day, said Peter Black, a senior veterinarian at the Tampa theme park.

The name Winnifred is Afrikaans for "white" or "fair." Native to the southern part of Africa, the white rhinoceros is the largest of the five species of rhinoceros, so Winnifred can be expected to weigh more than 3,000 pounds as an adult. Although the white rhino species is growing, they are still threatened to risks like poaching, mainly for their horns, Black said.

Winnifred was born Wednesday at the theme park to Kisiri, a 20-year-old rhino. You can see the family in the park's Serengeti Plain.

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at swynne@tampabay.com. Follow @SharonKWn.

Meet Winifred, the 140-pound baby rhino at Busch Gardens 10/06/17 [Last modified: Friday, October 6, 2017 3:53pm]
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