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Papa rhino born in Cincinnati, sires historic calf

A Sumatran rhino born at the Cincinnati Zoo is playing a key role in the survival of his species.

Andalas made history in 2001 as the first Sumatran rhino born in captivity in 112 years.

Now he's sired the first calf of his kind ever born in an Indonesian facility and the first born at an Asian facility in 124 years.

The healthy and active calf was born June 23 with no complications. He weighed 60 to 70 pounds.

Mother Ratu is a 12-year-old Sumatran rhino at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia's Kambas National Park.

Andalas was sent to the sanctuary for mating in 2007.

Sumatran rhinos are seriously threatened by loss of habitat and poaching.

Fewer than 200 live in Indonesia and Malaysia today.

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