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Endangered white rhino dies at San Diego Zoo

Associated Press logoAssociated Press 11/22/2015
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SAN DIEGO — A popular white rhinoceros has been euthanized at San Diego Zoo Safari Park after a series of illnesses.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1N6j2y3) that, at 41, Nola was considered geriatric and had a series of old-age ailments, including arthritis.

The rhino had also been treated for a recurring abscess on her hip.

Zoo officials say Nola was euthanized early Sunday after her condition deteriorated. The rhino had been a draw at the Safari Park since 1986.

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.

Nola: FILE - This Dec. 31, 2014 file photo shows Nola, a northern white rhinoceros, in her enclosure at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, Calif. The Los Angeles Times reports that Zoo officials say Nola, 41, was euthanized early Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015 as she was suffering from a number of old-age ailments, including arthritis, and had also been treated for a recurring abscess on her hip. The rhino had been a draw at the Safari Park since 1986. © AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File FILE - This Dec. 31, 2014 file photo shows Nola, a northern white rhinoceros, in her enclosure at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, Calif. The Los Angeles Times reports that Zoo officials say Nola, 41, was euthanized early Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015 as she was suffering from a number of old-age ailments, including arthritis, and had also been treated for a recurring abscess on her hip. The rhino had been a draw at the Safari Park since 1986. ___

Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/

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