Copenhagen Zoo lays down the 23-year-old white rhino for its own well-being & # 39; after he refuses to eat due to a skin disease and loses 880 pounds
- White rhino, named Kurt, suffered severe sores in his face and mouth
- Veterinarians said the father of three had lost all desire to eat before his death today
- Kurt was born in South Africa in 1996 before moving to Denmark four years later
A white rhino was killed in the Copenhagen Zoo & # 39; for its own well-being & # 39; after losing 880 pounds in three weeks.
Van Kurt, the 23-year-old animal, was thought to suffer from a skin condition called superficial nectolytic dermatitis, which primarily attacked the rhino's face, mouth, and nostrils.
Veterinarians at the zoo in the capital of Denmark said that severe ulcers meant that Kurt had lost all desire to eat this morning.
This white rhino was killed in the Copenhagen Zoo & # 39; for its own well-being & # 39; after losing 880 pounds in three weeks
Mads Bertelsen, a veterinarian at the zoo, said: “We have done everything to save our rhino, but it is also our job to assess whether enough is enough.
& # 39; We treated him extensively during this period, but the wounds in his mouth meant that he had lost the desire to eat.
& # 39; He was so weak now that we no longer wanted to keep him alive out of concern for his own well-being. & # 39;
The cause of the disease has yet to be determined and an autopsy will take place today at Copenhagen University College in an effort to provide answers.
Van Kurt, (photo), the 23-year-old animal, was thought to suffer from a skin condition called superficial nectolytic dermatitis, which primarily affected the rhino's face, mouth and nostrils
Kurt was born in South Africa in 1996 before moving to Denmark four years later.
He first stayed at the Knuthenborg Safari Park on the island of Lolland before moving to the Copenhagen Zoo in 2012.
The father of three would be the father of two more calves at the beginning of next year.
"In the midst of all the grief, we can rejoice that this male rhino has ended a baby drought of more than 30 years in the rhino stable," said Bertelsen.
& # 39; First by becoming the father of a single rhino boy and then two more, who are currently running around the savannah. & # 39;
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