Arkansas wildlife officials have found a baby rhinoceros that was named after a prominent former governor but no one knows where the animal came from or how it came to live in a remote area.
The new name was revealed after the state announced on Friday that the animal, which was found in a field near the Arkansas-Louisiana border, had been identified as a male named Kip, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.
It’s not known how the rhino came to be in a forest.
The state’s Department of Wildlife Management (DWM) is investigating.
Arkansas’ wildlife director, David Broussard, told reporters the discovery was “really a big surprise” and that the state would not allow people to approach the animal and ask about it.
“It’s an amazing find,” Brouson said.
Kip was found with two horns, the state’s wildlife department said. “
The rhino is a species that is known for its strength, its longevity and its ability to take down a large mammal.”
Kip was found with two horns, the state’s wildlife department said.
He was born on December 1 and was expected to survive for up to six months.
The department said it would investigate whether the rhinocoepus is a hybrid, but did not provide further details.
Arkansans for Wildlife Preservation (AFFWP), which was established by former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee in 2012 to conserve the state of Arkansas, has been working to find the rhinos’ mother.
The group had been seeking information on the mother of the rhini, who it said was the first in her family to be born in the wild.
The mother, who was born near a herd of wild horses, was found dead in late December, but the whereabouts of the newborn remains unknown.