COLCHESTER Zoo has announced it is set to welcome another adorable white rhino calf this autumn.

Little Lottie, who was born to mum Emily and dad Otto last month, will have a new play mate later this year as one of the zoo's other females, Astrid, is expecting her own calf.

And to make things even more exciting the youngsters will be half siblings.

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Little Lottie was born in JanuaryLittle Lottie was born in January

Astrid is due to give birth at the end of September or early October after a pregnancy of 16 months.

The pregnancy was confirmed with hormone analysis last year.

It will be Astrid's first calf fathered by Otto and half-brother or half-sister to Lottie.

A spokesman for the zoo said: "Colchester Zoo has had great success as part of the breeding programme for White rhinos and this new arrival will be the sixth calf to be born at the park.

"With previous youngsters having departed to join other zoos in the hope that they too become part of a successful breeding programme."

White rhinos are listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List due to the poaching crisis and ivory trade.