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The National Zoological Park provides its first live webcam of an animal birth when a Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros named Mechi gives birth to Chitwan on September 18, 1996, at 4:00 am in the Elephant House. He weighs 138 lbs. at the time of his birth.


  • National Zoological Park (U.S.) Elephant House
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • There may have briefly been elephant webcams before this. See
  • Personal Communication, Marc Bretzfelder, 5/10/2017.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


September 18, 1996


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