Copenhagen Zoo puts down 23-year-old white rhino ‘for its own wellbeing’

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Copenhagen Zoo places down 23-year-old white rhino ‘for its personal wellbeing’ after it refuses to eat due to a pores and skin illness and loses 880lbs

  • White rhino, known as Kurt, was affected by extreme ulcers on his face and mouth
  • Vets stated the father-of-three had misplaced all want to eat previous to his demise at present
  • Kurt was born in South Africa in 1996 earlier than transferring to Denmark 4 years later 

By Jessica Inexperienced For Mailonline

Printed: 07:39 EDT, 29 August 2019 | Up to date: 07:40 EDT, 29 August 2019

A white rhino was killed at Copenhagen Zoo ‘for its personal wellbeing’ after dropping 880lbs in three weeks.

Kurt, the 23-year-old animal, was thought to have been affected by a pores and skin situation known as superficial nectolytic dermatitis, which primarily attacked the rhino’s face, mouth and nostrils.

Vets on the zoo in Denmark’s capital stated extreme ulcers meant Kurt had misplaced all want to eat previous to his demise this morning.

This white rhino was killed at Copenhagen Zoo ‘for its personal wellbeing’ after dropping 880lbs in three weeks

Mads Bertelsen, a veterinarian on the zoo, stated: ‘We’ve got completed the whole lot we may to save lots of our rhinoceros, however it is usually our job to evaluate when sufficient is sufficient.

‘We’ve got handled him extensively throughout this era, however the wounds in his mouth meant he had misplaced the will to eat. 

‘He was now so weak that we did not wish to hold him alive any longer out of concern for his personal wellbeing.’ 

The reason for the illness has but to be established and an post-mortem will happen at present on the Copenhagen College Faculty, in a bid to supply solutions. 

Kurt, (pictured) the 23-year-old animal, was thought to have been affected by a pores and skin situation known as superficial nectolytic dermatitis, which primarily attacked the rhino’s face, mouth and nostrils

Kurt was born in South Africa in 1996 earlier than transferring to Denmark 4 years later.

He first stayed on the Knuthenborg Safari Park on the island of Lolland earlier than transferring to Copenhagen Zoo in 2012. 

The daddy-of-three was resulting from change into a dad to 2 extra calves early subsequent yr.

‘Within the midst of all of the disappointment, we are able to fortunately rejoice that this male rhino ended a baby-drought of greater than 30 years within the rhino steady,’ Mr Bertelsen stated.

‘First by changing into the daddy of a single rhino boy after which two extra, who’re at present operating across the Savannah.’

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