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Take A Break And Enjoy This Baby Rhino Bugging His Mom To Play

A baby greater one-horned rhino named Akeno was filmed trying to play with his mother, who doesn’t seem to want to play. The mother and son are held at the Chester Zoo in Cheshire, England, and in the video, onlookers can be heard joyfully watching the two.

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The young rhino runs in circles around his mother and snuggles up against her to play as she tries to take a nap. Nothing seems to get her moving, so Akeno, which means “beautiful sunrise” runs around and around until he bugs his mom enough to get up and play with him. Kids in the video gleefully laughed along as the quirky calf continuously nudges his mom.

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Akeno is not only a special addition to the Chester Zoo but his birth was important to the conservation of this species that is still considered to be vulnerable today. The species still face dangers to this day in their native lands of Nepal and India. According to a zookeeper, there were less than 200 greater one-horned rhinos just a couple of years ago. But through conservation efforts, there are now over 2,600 of these rhinos in the world.

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The zoo explains that they are still being hunted by poachers, who want their horns for precious ivory. Through protecting from these dangers, the species can keep from going down to endangered levels.

Attendees of the zoo and followers of the Chester Zoo Instagram page have fallen in love with Akeno and the zoo makes sure to post some updates of the playful little rhinoceros.

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