Most of us by now have received heartbreaking news about the death of Sudan the Northern White Rhino. This is really sad. The world’s last surviving male northern white rhino has died after months of poor health. Sudan, who was 45, lived at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. He was put to sleep on Monday after age-related complications worsened significantly. His death leaves only two females – his daughter and granddaughter – of the subspecies alive in the world.
What did Sudan die from?
The elderly rhino was being treated for degenerative changes in his muscles and bones, combined with extensive skin wounds. Unable to stand up and suffering a great deal in his last 24 hours, Sudan was put down by veterinarians at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
You know what?
An account was created for Sudan on the dating app Tinder last year, not to find love, but to help fund the development of IVF for rhinos. The move won him fans across the world – fans who will now be mourning his death and the northern white rhino’s proximity to extinction.
News of the loss of the world’s last male northern white rhino has travelled far.
People including Kenyan politicians and YouTubers have posted pictures of themselves meeting Sudan on the reserve where he lived out his remaining years.
Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma shared his sadness with the hashtag #wedidthis.
The last Male has fallen #WeDidThis the last Northern White African male rhino marks the certain extinction of this incredible species. Rest in peace Sudan, you deserved so much better. On behalf of all mankind, I’m sorry #WeDidThis ? @OlPejeta
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) March 20, 2018