World’s oldest white rhino has died has died at a zoo in nothern Italy.
According to spokeswoman Elisa Livia Pennacchioni, Toby, also referred to Granpa Toby collapsed and died on October 6.
The rhino died aged 54.
“He collapsed on the floor on the way back to his nighttime shelter, and after about half an hour, his heart stopped,” she said.
The zoo’s CEO Cesare Avesani Zaborra said they knew the day would eventually come, but its death will always remain sad.
“We knew it would happen sooner or later, but to greet the last hour of the “good giant”, who has built with us the history of the last half century, remains deeply sad,” he said.
Pennacchioni said Toby will be embalmed and put on display at the MuSe science museum in Trento.
Toby’s death, which follows the passing of his female partner Sugar in 2012, leaves the Parco Natura Viva with one remaining white rhino, Benno, aged 39.
Toby was a southern white rhino, according to WWF, the only one of five rhino species that are not considered endangered, with an estimated population of around 18,000.
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