The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens is mourning the loss of a family member this week. An endangered Sumatran Rhino known as "Ipuh" was euthanized Monday. The beloved Sumatran Rhino's health started to decline sometime in December as with all aging animals and humans movement stiffening which is common but noted and by the time January rolled around "Ipuh" was not eating all of his food overnight. The only decision was to euthanize him since the doctors tried everything to get his health back up. "Ipuh" was about 33 years old.
"Ipuh" was the father of three calves. The three calves were Andalas in 2001, Suci in 2004 and Harapan in 2007. Then within the last year "Ipuh"'s son, Andalas fathered a Rhino calf in the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia where "Ipuh" became a grandfather. For the full story you can go to Cincinnati Zoo and read more on "Ipuh's" contributions to saving this beautiful endangered species. .
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