Nature & Environment
World's last male northern white rhino 'ill'
By T.K. Randall
March 2, 2018 · 11 comments
Things are looking bleak for the northern white rhino. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Guy lemal
Conservationists have reported that the health of the last male northern white rhino is rapidly deteriorating.
Few species on Earth are as critically endangered as these animals and now, with a mere three individuals remaining, the fate of the northern white rhino hangs in the balance.
Situated in Kenya's Ol Pejeta Conservancy, this lone trio remains under armed guard at all times.
Now to make things even worse, the male of the group is suffering from serious health problems, bringing the species, which is already hanging on by a thread, one step closer to extinction.
According to reports from Kenya's Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the rhino had recovered well from a leg infection he had developed last year but now another, deeper infection seems to have taken hold.
"We are very concerned about him - he's extremely old for a rhino and we do not want him to suffer unnecessarily," said a spokesman for the conservancy.
Not all is lost, however. Scientists are currently working on efforts to bring the species back from the brink by using southern white rhinos as surrogates to carry northern white rhino embryos.
If the method works, it could at least prevent the species from disappearing entirely.
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