Sumatran rhino gives birth to male in Indonesia

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In this Saturday, June 23, 2012 photo released by International Rhino Foundation, female Sumatran rhino named Ratu walks with her newly-born calf at Sumatran Rhino in Way Kambas National Park in Lampung, Indonesia. Ratu, a highly endangered Sumatran rhinoceros, gave birth to the calf Saturday in western Indonesia, a forestry official said. It is only the fifth known birth in captivity for the species in 123 years. (AP Photo/International Rhino Foundation)
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In this Saturday, June 23, 2012 photo released by International Rhino Foundation, female Sumatran rhino …

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian official says an endangered Sumatran rhinoceros has given birth to a male calf. It's only the fifth known to have been born in captivity.

Forestry official Novianto Bambang says the 12-year-old Ratu gave birth just after midnight Saturday at Indonesia's rhino sanctuary in Way Kambas National Park on Sumatra island.

He says both mother and calf are doing well and are being monitored by vets and international rhino experts.

Ratu had miscarried twice. She was paired with Andalas, a U.S.-born Sumatran rhino who was brought to Indonesia in 2007.

The first Sumatran rhino born in captivity was at Calcutta Zoo in 1889. Three more were born at Cincinnati Zoo, including 11-year-old Andalas.

Ratu was born in the wild.

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