World’s last male north­ern white rhino dies in Kenya

The Daily News Egypt - - Front Page - By Mo­hammed El-Said

The world’s last male north­ern white rhi­noc­eros, named Su­dan, died in Kenya, leav­ing only two fe­males of his species alive. One is his 27-year-old off­spring, Na­jin, and the other is her 17-year-old off­spring, Fatu, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from Kenya’s Ol Pe­jeta Con­ser­vancy, where Su­dan lived.

The con­ser­vancy said that the 45-year-old rhino,which was suf­fer­ing from mus­cle and bone de­te­ri­o­ra­tion, as well as ex­ten­sive skin wounds, died on Mon­day af­ter age-re­lated com­pli­ca­tions.

“It is with great sad­ness that Ol Pe­jeta Con­ser­vancy and the Dvůr Králové Zoo an­nounce that Su­dan,the world’s last male north­ern white rhino, age 45, died at Ol Pe­jeta Con­ser­vancy in Kenya on 19 March 2018,” said the con­ser­vancy.

The death of Su­dan “stole the heart of many with his dig­nity and strength,” said the con­ser­vancy.

In late Fe­bru­ary and early March, the rhino spent two weeks ly­ing in his pen be­cause of dif­fi­cul­ties in mov­ing due to a deep wound on its right hind leg, ac­cord­ing to the con­ser­vancy’s state­ment.

All at­tempts to make him mate nat­u­rally with any of the two fe­males had failed.This made con­ser­va­tion­ists put Su­dan on theTin­der dat­ing app last year in or­der to col­lect the amount of money nec­es­sary to pay for a $9m fer­til­ity treat­ment.

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