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Rambunctious Baby Rhino Gets a Case of the Zoomies at the Toronto Zoo: He's a 'Tank Puppy'

Rambunctious Baby Rhino Gets a Case of the Zoomies at the Toronto Zoo: He's a 'Tank Puppy'

The male white rhinoceros calf was both to first-time mom Sabi at the Canadian zoo in December

<p>The Toronto Zoo </p> A white rhino calf born in Dec. 2023 running around his habitat at the Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo

A white rhino calf born in Dec. 2023 running around his habitat at the Toronto Zoo

Lots of animals get the zoomies!

Pet parents are likely used to their cats and dogs burning through bursts of energy by racing around the house, and zookeepers experience the zoomies, too.

One of the Toronto Zoo's newest residents with a need for speed is the park's white rhinoceros calf. The baby rhino was born to first-time mom Sabi at the Canadian zoo on Dec. 28. Since then, the calf has been enchanting keepers with his playful personality, which has earned the animal the nickname "tank puppy."

On Feb. 20, the Toronto Zoo shared a video on Facebook of the baby rhino, who has yet to be named, running around his habitat.

"Zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom," the Canadian zoo captioned the clip.

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In the video, the baby rhino rapidly trots around his habitat, quickly zigzagging around the space and other rhinos.

The rhino calf has yet to make his public debut, but he is scheduled to start meeting his growing fan base soon.

The Toronto Zoo is hosting a series of behind-the-scenes events where attendees can meet "the TZ Tank Puppy" before he moves into his outdoor habitat this summer. The events start on Mar. 1 and run through Apr. 30.

Those who can't meet the rambunctious baby rhino in person can keep updated on his latest achievements on the Toronto Zoo's Facebook.

In the wild, white rhinos are considered "Near Threatened" on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. According to the Toronto Zoo, fewer than 16,000 white rhinos remain in the wild, with numbers declining due to habitat loss and poaching.

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Zoo rhinos showed off their love for running around earlier this year with a video of Tumani from the Blank Park Zoo in Iowa.

In the clip from the Des Moines zoo, the eastern black rhinoceros energetically charges through piles of fresh snow.

"With the temperatures warming up, the rhinos were able to get some snow enrichment as well! Tumani loves crashing through snow piles and testing her all-terrain capabilities," the zoo captioned the cute clip.

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