Endangered white rhino dies at San Diego Zoo

FILE - This Dec. 31, 2014 file photo shows Nola, a northern white rhinoceros, in her enclosure at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, Calif. The Los Angeles Times reports that Zoo officials say Nola, 41, was euthanized early Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015 as she was suffering from a number of old-age ailments, including arthritis, and had also been treated for a recurring abscess on her hip. The rhino had been a draw at the Safari Park since 1986.(AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A popular white rhinoceros has been euthanized at San Diego Zoo Safari Park after a series of illnesses.

The Los Angeles Times reports that, at 41, Nola was considered geriatric and had a series of old-age ailments, including arthritis.

Zoo officials say Nola was euthanized early Sunday after her condition deteriorated. The rhino had been a draw at the Safari Park since 1986.The rhino had also been treated for a recurring abscess on her hip.

The newspaper says Nola’s death leaves only three northern white rhinos in the world — all at a sanctuary in Kenya, protected from poachers by around-the-clock armed guards.

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