Rhino romance heating up at Oregon Zoo

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Rhino romance is in the air at the Oregon Zoo in Portland.

A black rhino named Pete has been alone since his last mate died in 2005. A female rhino named Zuri arrived last month from the Cleveland zoo on a breeding loan. Keepers have been slowly letting them see one another in separate cages.

The Oregonian reports Zuri went on public display Thursday, and the two rhinos touched horns between the bars.

Soon they'll be allowed together. Keepers hope the result will be an addition to the endangered species.

Zuri is 3-year-old and hasn't bred before. Pete is 24-year-old grandfather described as spry.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com