Rhino Flossy, 50, put down

Irish Daily Mirror - - IRISH DAILY MIRROR -

ONE of the old­est white rhi­nos in Europe has been put to sleep – be­cause of an in­cur­able ill­ness.

Flossy, aged around 50, ar­rived at Colchester Zoo, Es­sex, in 1972 and be­came a mother fig­ure to other rhino calves born there.

The an­i­mal suf­fered from a skin con­di­tion.

Melissa Fitch, of the zoo, said: “Flossy played a vi­tal part in con­ser­va­tion as an am­bas­sador for her species, help­ing to raise funds and aware­ness for con­ser­va­tion in the wild.”

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