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White Rhino Born At Disney's Animal Kingdom At Walt Disney World

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - MAY 07: In this handout image provided by Disney Parks, Kendi, a 13-year-old female white rhino, tends to her new male calf at Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World May 7, 2012 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The yet-unnamed calf was born May 4 after a 16-month gestation period. It is the ninth white rhino born at Disney's Animal Kingdom, with Kendi being the first. (Photo by Gene Duncan/Disney Parks via Getty Images)


The South African government says a record 668 rhinos were killed in the country in 2012, an increase of nearly 50 percent over the previous year. Demand is growing in Vietnam and elsewhere in Asia where rhino horn is believed to have medical benefits despite evidence to the contrary. The horn is made of keratin, a protein also found in human fingernails.