Philadelphia Zoo announces passing of one-horned rhino

    The Philadelphia Zoo has announced the passing of its Asian one-horned rhino, Xavira.

    A “favorite among keepers and guests,” Xavira was euthanized this week after a year of veterinary care.

    “With a recent further decline in her condition, marked by worsening locomotion, coordination and weight loss, the Zoo’s veterinary team decided that humane euthanasia was the best course of action for her,” reads a statement from the zoo.


    Kim Lengel, the Zoo’s Vice President for Animal Programs, called the rhino a “cherished part of the zoo.”

    At 35, Swiss-born Xavira exceeded the typical lifespan for her species, and initial post-mortem exams showed age-related spine and joint deterioration.

    Xavira came to Philadelphia in 1979 and raised four calves who’ve since moved on to other zoos.

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