A new black rhino calf has arrived at the Howletts Wild Animal Park in the UK – and the entire birth has been captured on camera! Newly released footage shows the moment the newborn drops to the ground before its mother turns around to help introduce the tiny calf to his new enclosure. 

Born at the beginning of the month, the baby weighed just 12kg (23lbs). Fast forward three weeks, and the youngster has packed on the pounds and has started to explore his surroundings under mom's watchful eye.

“We are absolutely delighted,” says animal director Neil Spooner. “This rhino calf is particularly significant for Howletts, because he’s the first to be born here … in our 40 year history. More importantly, his arrival means hope for the future of this critically endangered species. The birth went very well for both mum and her calf."

The baby is more than just an adorable attraction for park visitors. With black rhino populations facing growing poaching threats in the wild (there are only about 5,000 of these animals left), every birth is vital to the survival of the species. Conservation charity The Aspinall Foundation, which works with Howletts and its sister park, has an impressive track record when it comes to breeding rhinos. To date, it's been responsible for a total of 35 black rhino births in the UK. Some of these animals have been released into protected areas in Africa to help bolster species numbers.

If, like most of us, you can't get to the park to see the newborn for yourself, here's a clip of him being adorable as compensation...