With the death of Nola, a 41-year-old Northern White Rhino, an impending extinction draws closer as only three of her kind are left on Earth.
Nola was suffering from a bacterial infection and some other age related health issues. As the infection grew worse, the veterinarians decided to end Nola’s pain and euthanized her.
“This is a very difficult loss for the animal care staff who worked with her,” the San Diego Zoo wrote on Facebook, according to the New National Geographic site. “Nola’s legacy will live forever.”
The three remaining Northern White Rhinos – Sudan, Fatu, and Najin – are under intense watch at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. Their species has fallen over the years due to poachers killing them for their horns (which sell for $60,000) – similar to the Stellar Sea Cow species which went extinct 27 years after being discovered due to…
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