The Associated Press
May 12, 2000
ZURICH, Switzerland - The oldest rhinoceros in Europe, a 39-year-old
named Susi, was put to sleep Thursday.
Susi was in failing health for some years and had poor eyesight,
Zurich Zoo said in a statement. The zoo vet put her to sleep Thursday
morning because she was barely able to stand.
Susi was brought to Zurich Zoo from southern Kenya in 1965 at the
age of 4. She gave birth to a daughter, Mtoto, in 1978, and had
Susi participated in a research project that showed rhinos see
better than elephants, donkeys and ferrets and about as well as
cats and horses.