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Zoo Miami's Endangered Indian Rhino 'Akuti' Is Pregnant

Akuti's baby is expected to arrive sometime in April 2019.

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    Zoo Miami's Indian Rhino Is Pregnant

    Akuti, Zoo Miami's endangered Indian rhinoceros, is pregnant. (Video courtesy of Zoo Miami)

    (Published Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018)

    Akuti, Zoo Miami's endangered Indian rhinoceros, is pregnant for the first time.

    The zoo announced her pregnancy on Wednesday, calling 6-year-old Akuti's pregnancy extra special because if she successfully brings it to term, then it will be the first time that an Indian rhino in the U.S. gives birth to a calf conceived through artificial insemination.

    Akuti was inseminated on Jan. 9, and zoo officials confirmed her pregnancy on March 24.

    Photo credit: Zoo Miami

    Akuti, which means "Princess" in Hindu, was born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park on Jan. 20, 2012 and arrived in Miami in December 2015. 

    The baby's father is 17-year-old Suru.

    Rhinos have a gestation period of almost 16 months. Akuti's baby is expected to arrive sometime in April 2019.

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