BioPark Zoo loses beloved rhinoceros

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By Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The Albuquerque BioPark Zoo says a 44-year-old rhinoceros has been euthanized.

Zoo officials say the rhino, named Sally, has been receiving treatment for a variety of age-related problems by veterinarians in recent years and her quality of life dropped over the past year.

Senior zookeeper Catalina Parker, who has cared for the rhinoceros for more than 13 years, says it was the hardest thing to do but it is best for Sally.

Sally, a Southern White Rhinoceros, was born in South Africa in 1966 and came to Albuquerque in November 1973. Zoo officials say life spans for the animals range from 40 to 50 years.