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SOS Rhino : In the News : Archived News : June 2001 : LA Zoo euthanizes Indian rhinoceros

LA Zoo euthanizes Indian rhinoceros

Associated Press
June 6, 2001

LOS ANGELES - Herman, the oldest male Indian rhinoceros in a North American zoo, was put down Thursday at the Los Angeles Zoo.

The 36-year-old, 4,500-pound rhino was suffering from severe foot lesions that would not heal, blindness, digestive problems and lameness in his right hind leg, the zoo said.

"It was a difficult decision, but everyone knew that he was an old guy with a lot of pain and discomfort," zoo veterinarian Marnie Lamm said in a statement.

Herman was a yearling when he was captured in northern India. He was also one of the original animals brought to the then-new Los Angeles Zoo in 1966 from the city's old zoo in Griffith Park.

Because Herman's genes were important to the Indian rhinoceros population, sperm was taken before he was euthanized, the zoo said. It will be used to impregnate Indian rhinos under the American Zoo and Aquarium's Species Survival Plan.

The zoo had to put down two of its black rhinos because of health problems in the last 11 months.



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