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Lansing Rhino born Christmas Eve gets name

The black rhino baby born at Lansing’s Potter Park Zoo on Christmas Eve now has a name.

Black rhinos are critically endangered, so when the 12-year-old female named Doppsee at Potter Park Zoo gave birth to a male calf, it made national headlines.

To choose a name for the baby, the zoo named six finalists that people could vote for with a donation of $5. The contest brought in more than $11,000.

Animal care supervisor, Pat Fountain, said the winning name "Jaali" fit the bill.

"We really like the name. It is a Swahili name, and it does mean ‘powerful,’ so it’s also very fitting for a rhino.”

Fountain said Jaali and mother Doppsee are both doing great. He expects the public will be able to see Jaali starting sometime in the spring.