18-Month Old White Rhino Tragically Dies
The Monarto Zoological Park's 18-month-old Southern White Rhino was found dead in her enclosure
MONARTO Zoo’s youngest southern white rhino, Tundu, has tragically died.
The 18-month-old rhino was found dead on Tuesday in her enclosure, which she shared with her mother Umquali and another female and offspring.
Monarto Zoological Park is a 1,500-hectare open range zoo located in South Australia
The cause of the little Rhino has preliminarily determined to be a significant internal blood loss. Unbeknownst to zoo officials of Tundu's keepers, she may have received an injury from one of the other rhinos.
Zoos SA veterinarian Dr. Dave McLelland said they would wait for the results of laboratory tests to determine the cause of death.
“Tundu had some bruising over her ribs,” Dr. McLelland said.
“She also had a massive hemorrhage from her diaphragm into the chest cavity.
“One possible scenario is that Tundu may have been wedged between two older rhinos during rough play, which led to her sustaining these injuries.”
Tundu was one of five white rhinos bred at Monarto, and was the last to be born in September 2015.
White rhinos are known to be placid and friendly in nature compared to black rhinos.
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Dr. McLelland said the crash — a collective name for rhinos — had got along really well.
“It was probably more a case of Tundu sadly being in the wrong place at the wrong time,” he said.
Despite the heartbreaking loss, keepers remain committed to ensuring the future of this near-threatened species and will continue to provide them with a safe haven, and breeding program on site.