Meet ‘Mguu’: North Carolina Zoo announces name of baby southern white rhino born in January

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ASHEBORO, N.C. (WNCN) — The North Carolina Zoo has announced the name of their baby rhino that was born in January to mother Kit and father Stormy.

“Mguu” was the name chosen by Zoo employee Zach Neal. He was given a list of names created by the rhino keepers. According to a press release, the Zoo invited employees to enter a free drawing to choose the name and Neal was the winner.

Neal and his family also won a behind-the-scenes tour with Mguu.

Mguu, which is pronounced “mm-goo,” means “feet” in Swahili, the Zoo said.

“This is a fitting name for the calf since she has really big feet, according to her keepers! She is Kit’s second baby, her first being Bonnie, born in 2018,” officials wrote.

The Zoo’s herd now has a total of nine rhinos. There are typically seven that roam their 40-acre habitate. Mguu and Kit will join the herd as the temperatures warm up in the springtime, officials said.

Mguu is the third southern white rhino born at the NC Zoo in less than two years.

By the time she’s one year old, zoo officials expect her to gain another 100 pounds, a small step toward the possible 3,500 to 5,500 pounds she could weigh as an adult.

Southern white rhinos were hunted to near extinction in the early 20th century, according to the Zoo. There are currently 20,000 southern white rhinos left in the wild, mostly in the southern region of Africa.

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