THE first Indian rhino calf to be born at West Midland Safari Park now has a name after keepers let mum Seto choose the name herself.

At the time of his birth on September 8, the Bewdley park confirmed that the calf’s name would begin with the letter ‘I’, mirroring the naming of all other animals born on-site in 2020.

And after much deliberation, keepers narrowed it down to two suggestions - Inesh and Ishwar - and left the final decision up to mum!

Staff at the park set up two identical, brightly-patterned boxes, each marked with a name, and placed them into Seto's paddock.

Some tasty treats were positioned in equal amounts inside each box to coax Seto over while keepers waited to see which name she would choose.

After a quick investigation of both boxes, Seto made it clear with a hearty nudge of her nose that Inesh was her winner.

Deputy head keeper of ungulates, Shelley Tudor, said: "We are so happy that Seto was able to choose the name for her calf.

Kidderminster Shuttle: Baby rhino Inesh is settling in well at the parkBaby rhino Inesh is settling in well at the park

"The keepers created a shortlist of their favourite names and we felt it was a brilliant opportunity to mix giving some enrichment to Seto to assist us in making the final decision.”

Born to 11-year-old female Seto, and 12-year-old male Rap, Inesh has been venturing out with his mother into the park’s Rhino House paddock, where guests have been able to spot him trotting around and even doing a spot of sunbathing in the last of the summer sunshine.

The youngster will eventually join his mum, roaming the plains in the Wild Asia section of the reserve, where guests will be able to watch him grow and settle into his new home.

Kidderminster Shuttle: Visitors may have spotted Inesh venturing out with his mum into the park's Rhino House paddockVisitors may have spotted Inesh venturing out with his mum into the park's Rhino House paddock

West Midland Safari Park is home to two types of rhinos – six southern white rhinos and three Indian rhinos.

Both species face threats in the wild such as poaching and habitat loss. White rhinos are classed as near-threatened and Indian rhinos are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.