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NSFW: Iowa Zoo's New Adorable Baby Rhino Will Render You Completely Unproductive

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She doesn’t have a name yet, but we think Rockstar has a nice ring to it.

A new baby rhino, born at the Blank Park Zoo in Iowa, is causing a lot of excitement because she’s the first one to be born at the zoo and in the entire state.

The baby black rhino weighed 80 lbs. when she arrived on Oct. 11, according to a video announcement shared on YouTube on Monday. Her species is endangered, which makes the birth even more exciting.

It sounds like this girl — who prances around like a mini unicorn in training — was born to perform.

“She is very strong, she is very vocal, she is apparently very healthy,” says the zoo’s senior veterinarian, June Olds.

The new baby definitely gets her Miss Independent vibes from Mom. Olds says staff didn’t have to intervene at all during birth. “Mom took care of the birth all by herself,” the veterinarian says in the video. “They’re bonding very well.”

Rhinos are relatively new to the zoo, arriving in 2012. Staff there believe she’s the first rhino ever to be born in the state of Iowa.

“I think [of] all the births that we’ve had at the zoo, probably none are more significant from a public appeal standpoint, from an endangered wildlife standpoint,” says Kevin Drees, director of animal care and conservation. “The parents were brought together four years ago as a good genetic match for reproduction.”

The fact that this newborn is a girl is also significant because girl power is just what her species needs.

“It’s so great that the baby is a female, because the black rhino population tends to be skewed toward male,” Susie Ellis, executive director of the International Rhino Foundation, told The Des Moines Register. “Her reproductive potential is quite high and, hopefully, she will contribute greatly to the overall population.”