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This baby rhino is the very definition of gleeful

And with good reason! This cutie was the first female rhino born in Tel Aviv's Ramat Gan Safari in 20 years.

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A three-week old baby white rhinoceros prances around the open-air Ramat Gan Safari zoo in Tel Aviv.A three-week old baby white rhinoceros prances around the open-air Ramat Gan Safari zoo in Tel Aviv.Photo: Jack Guez / AFP/Getty Images
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Back in September, the Ramat Gan Safari in Tel Aviv welcomed the birth of its first female white rhinoceros in more than 20 years. And quite the cutie she was! We can think of no better way to celebrate Save the Rhino Day than with a photo tribute to precious Teshi.

The white rhinoceros has a special home at the safari – 250 acres of land modeled after the each of the animals' natural habitats. The white rhino hails from the southern tip of Africa and finds a very similar climate in Tel Aviv.

The safari does its part in bringing the white rhino back from the brink of extinction with its robust breeding programs, bringing in male rhinoceroses from other zoos to woo the females. And with rhino mommy Tanda, an old broad of 21 years, they've had several success stories.

Baby white rhino snuggles up to mother rhino in the shadeTeshi the baby white rhino snuggles up to her mom, Tanda, in the shade of a late summer day. (Photo: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

Tanda's first rhino calf was the first born at the zoo in 15 years, Tibor, followed by another male calf, Terkel, and now the much-adored little lady, Teshi. Considering that white rhinos have gestation periods lasting up to a year and a half, we owe Tanda a round of applause!

The fact that Tanda gave birth to a female rhino is great news for the Safari staff, as this little one can continue the white rhino line when she is old enough.

Baby white rhino running with mother rhino close behindBaby white rhino Teshi plays with her mom, Tanda. (Photo: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

For now, Teshi seems tiny compared to her mother; but born at a whopping 100 pounds, we have a feeling she'll grow up in the blink of an eye.

Facts about white rhinos:

  • White rhinos are the second largest land mammal and the largest of all five species of rhinoceros.
  • They can live to be 50 years old.
  • White rhinos were not named for their color, but rather their square-shaped muzzles. Their name comes from from the word "weit," which means "wide" in the Afrikaans language in South Africa.
  • Southern white rhino populations have rebounded from Endangered status in the 1960s to Near Threatened in recent years, from about 2,000 individuals to 20,000!
  • Northern white rhinos need your help – only a handful remain in the wild.

To learn more about rhinos and how to help declining populations worldwide, head over to SavetheRhino.org.

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