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SOS Rhino : In the News : African white rhino dies at Mysore zoo

African white rhino dies at Mysore zoo

  DH News Service MYSORE, Aug 13

A female African white rhinoceros "Hidimba" died this morning at the Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens here.

The 32-year-old rhino had got stuck in the moat of the open enclosure on Tuesday afternoon when its male counterpart ñBheemaî attacked it from the back.

"When the rhino was in pain, the zoo veterinarians immediately attended to it. It was kept under observation and was reported to be fine till 7 am this morning. However, it died later in the sitting posture," Zoo Director Kumar Pushkar told Deccan Herald.

He said a post-mortem had revealed that the female rhino died due to "intestinal injury". The Mysore zoo housed one pair of white African two-horned rhinoceros (ceratotherium simum), out of which Bheema is surviving. These were brought from West Germany in 1977.

The white African rhino is the biggest of four other types of rhinos found in the world, namely Indian rhino, Javan rhino, Sumatran rhino and African rhino. The zoo also houses a pair of African black rhino.