Lucknow zoo’s lone rhino dies after brief illness

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Lucknow, Feb 3 (IANS) The lone rhinoceros at the Lucknow zoo died on Saturday after a brief illness.

The 35-year-old rhino, named Lohit, was a major draw at the zoo and was its inmate since the last 20 years.

Lohit shot into infamy in 1995 when it killed the zoo vet and later also killed a youth who accidentally entered its enclosure after his kite fell inside.

Doctors at the zoo told IANS that the rhino had given up eating for the past one week and despite their best efforts died in the afternoon.

Several vet consultants from the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) and the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) had come to supervise his treatment, but all efforts failed.

He was brought to the Lucknow zoo on April 6, 1995.

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–IANS

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