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Toledo Zoo’s 44-year-old white rhino, Sam, dies

Associated Press

TOLEDO, Ohio – A rhinoceros that was a longtime favorite at the Toledo Zoo has died.

Zoo staff decided to euthanize Sam the southern white rhinoceros Wednesday.

The zoo said the 44-year-old rhino’s health had recently declined as it struggled with urinary and gastrointestinal issues.

Zoo veterinarian Kirsten Thomas said the zoo acknowledged the rhino couldn’t regain his health with treatment.

Staffers had worked with the rhino to help problems related to his advance age. Sam lived 10 years beyond the average life expectancy for rhinos in captivity.

Crowds at the Toledo Zoo had enjoyed Sam for nearly three decades. He was donated to the Toledo Zoo from the Philadelphia Zoo in 1988.

A spokesperson said the zoo hopes to bring an Indian rhinoceros in the coming months.

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