Italy's zoo Parco Natura Viva has said that Toby's body will be kept in Trento's "Muse Science" museum after coating it. Here he will be the companion of a white lion named Blanco, who died five years ago in the same zoo.
The world's oldest white rhinoceros Toby breathed his last at the age of 54 at a zoo in northern Italy. The zoo spokesperson gave this information on Tuesday. Alyssa Livia Penacchioni, a worker at Parco Natura Viva, a zoo near the northern Italian city of Verona, said: "Nano Toby, Grandfather Toby, passed away on October 6. He fainted on the way back from his overnight stay and fell to the ground after being struck by it. After about half an hour his heartbeat stopped".
Penacchioni told that now Toby's body will be coated and kept in the 'Muse Science' museum in Trento, where he will be the companion of a white lion named Blanco who died five years ago in the same zoo.
White rhinos, when kept in captivity, usually live up to 40 years, he said. At the same time, in the forest, they live for about 30 years. Before Toby's death, his female partner, Sugar, had died in 2012. Now after the death of Toby, only one white rhinoceros 'Beno' is left with Parco Natura Viva, who is 39 years old.
Toby was a 'southern white rhinoceros'. It was the only one out of five species of rhinoceros that are still not considered endangered. According to the World Wild Fund (WWF), the number of rhinos of this species is more than 18 thousand.
In contrast, the environmental organization also reported that the northern white rhinoceros is the only two left in the world. They live in Kenya and armed guards protect these rhinos day and night. Both these rhinos are female of the Northern White Rhino species of Kenya. In the year 2018, Sudan, the only male living with them, died at the age of 45. This rhinoceros was very popular. He also had an account on the dating app Tinder.
Actually, an attempt was being made to raise funds for the rhinoceros on Tinder, yet this male rhinoceros could not be saved. There are no white rhinos in India, there is one-horned rhinoceros in Kaziranga National Park which is a target of poachers. In the last days, efforts are being made to save them, in which success has also been achieved. Recently, World Rhinoceros Day was celebrated by burning the confiscated horns of rhinos.