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Zoo's Sumatran rhino dies

By Eileen Talkie - email

CINCINNATI (WXIX)- "Emi", the world's most famous endangered Sumatran rhino, passed away Saturday morning at the age of 21 at her home at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. She lived at the zoo for 14 years and produced three calves: Andalas, Suci and Harapan.

"No animal has been more beloved than Emi in the 134 year history of the Cincinnati Zoo," said Thane Maynard, Director of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.  "She is the most famous rhino in the world and has led the way in the effort to establish a successful captive breeding program for this critically endangered animal.  My fondest hope is that we now build on Emi's legacy and increase our efforts tenfold to continue the global effort to save the Sumatran rhino."

Emi's health began to decline earlier this year. In March, zoo staff noticed Emi lost some of her energy, changed her eating habits and lost weight. A round of tests yielded little information about her condition. Blood work, however, indicted subtle changes in her liver. She appeared to rebound two months later when her demeanor improved and her appetite improved. But Emi never fully recovered. It is still unclear what caused her death. A post mortem exam was performed Saturday. Tissue samples will be submitted to a veterinary pathologist to help determine how Emi died. She was 21.

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