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Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy said in a statement that it decided to euthanize the 45-year-old rhino, named Sudan, due to untreatable and debilitating health problems. The rhino suffered from health complications which affected his muscles and bones, resulting in extensive skin wounds.
“His condition worsened significantly in the last 24 hours; he was unable to stand up and was suffering a great deal,” Ol Pejeta said, as cited by Reuters. “The veterinary team from the Dver Kralove Zoo, Ol Pejeta and Kenya Wildlife Service made the decision to euthanize him."
The rhino refused to mate naturally, prompting conservationists to put Sudan on the dating app Tinder, in a last-bid attempt to raise $9 million for fertility treatment.
Mar 20, 2018
The world's last male northern white rhino has died, the Kenyan conservancy taking care of it said on Tuesday (March 20), leaving only two of its subspecies alive in the world.
In a statement, Ol Pejeta Conservancy said Sudan died at the age of 45 in Kenya on Monday (March 19).
Sudan's condition worsened in his final 24 hours through degenerating muscle and bone strength leaving him unable to stand. A decision was taken to euthanise the animal.
A copy of his genetic material was taken on the day of his death in the hope that future technology could potentially revive the species seemingly doomed for extinction.
Only two females of the northern white rhino species remain, Sudan's daughter Najin and Najin's daughter Fatu.
While there are thousands of southern white rhinos still roaming the plains of sub-Saharan Africa, decades of rampant poaching drastically cut northern white rhino numbers.
In 2017, conservationists put Sudan on the dating app Tinder, hoping to raise enough money for $9-million fertility treatment as all attempts at getting him to mate naturally had failed.