Northern white rhino dies at SD Zoo Safari Park

23 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Endangered white rhino dies at San Diego Zoo.

The Los Angeles Times reports ( that, at 41, Nola was considered geriatric and had a series of old-age ailments, including arthritis.Nola had been under veterinary care for a bacterial infection that stemmed from a pelvic abscess, as well as “age-related health issues”, a zoo press release said. The newspaper says Nola’s death leaves only three northern white rhinos in the world — all at a sanctuary in Kenya, protected from poachers by around-the-clock armed guards. Keepers had been watching Nola around-the-clock since earlier this week when they noticed she began showing signs of a reduced appetite and activity level.

Nola, a 41-year-old female that has lived at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park since 1989, was euthanized this morning after she stopped eating and her activity levels dropped. In the last 24 hours Nola’s condition worsened significantly and the animal care team at the Safari Park were maintaining her on intensified treatment efforts.

But her conditioned began rapidly deteriorating on Saturday, and the decision was made to euthanize her. “It sounds corny, but with her, every day is a blessing,” lead keeper Jane Kennedy said last month, as she and her fellow Safari Park staff members were keeping an eye on Nola’s condition. “I would call her a symbol of our purpose. I was impressed yet again that there is a depth to their lives that we don’t understand.” The hope was that Nola would mate with Angalifu, the Safari Park’s northern white rhino male.

But she loved her pedicures and her back scratches and hanging out in her 65-acre enclosure with Chuck, who was very eager to track her whereabouts when Nola was getting her abscess drained last week. “They are like the elderly couple who met late in life and became friends,” Kennedy said of Chuck and Nola. “I’ve known Nola for 26 years, and she is truly, truly one of the sweetest animals I have ever worked with.”

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