Painting rhino mourned: Denver Zoo Black Rhinoceros

Published: September 19, 2015

Painting rhino mourned: Denver Zoo Black Rhinoceros, The Denver Zoo is mourning the loss of a critically endangered animal — a 21-year-old black rhinoceros — after the animal’s health issues caused the zoo to euthanize him on Wednesday.

After Mshindi the rhino lost his quality of life due to chronic foot problems, the zoo said veterinarians made the difficult decision to euthanize him, according to a Denver Zoo news release.

“We watched Mshindi very closely and were optimistic about his recovery, but he was no longer responding to his treatment,” vice president of veterinary medicine Scott Larsen said in a statement.

Twenty procedures and therapies — including customized boots — were not enough to alleviate recurring infections in the animal’s rear feet since 2014, the release said.


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