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Rare Northern White Rhino Dies, Leaving Only 4 In The World

by : UNILAD on : 30 Jul 2015 12:00
Hynek Glos : Dvur Kralove Zoo : Via Khalil BaalbakiHynek Glos : Dvur Kralove Zoo : Via Khalil BaalbakiHynek Glos/Dvur Kralove Zoo

Sad news from the animal kingdom, an extremely rare northern white rhino has died, leaving only four left in the world.

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Nabire the rhino, from the Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic, passed away age 31, after suffering from a ruptured cyst.

The female was one of only five left in the world. There remains three more females and one male, but all of the females are past reproductive age.

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The northern white rhino, a subspecies, has been on the brink of extinction for a while, as a result of poaching and habitat loss.

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Researchers hope to create more through IVF, artificially fertilising an egg, which would be transplanted into a southern white rhinoceros, the northern white’s nearest relative.

We keep our fingers crossed that this can actually be successful!

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