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Rhino's Final Fling

The Express
January 31, 2001

The world's oldest captive rhinoceros, who died yesterday, could become a father posthumously.

Keepers mourning the passing of 49-year-old Clyde at Columbus Zoo, Ohio, say his semen has been stored for possible future breeding projects.

Clyde, a rare African black rhinoceros, was born in the wild in 1951. He never reproduced despite being paired with females on several occasions.

"Black rhinos are solitary animals and only want to be with other rhinos during times of breeding," said zoo spokeswoman Patty Peters. "So it was difficult pairing them at the right time."

There are only 3,000 black rhinoceroses left in the world.



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