make WWAY your homepage  Become a fan on facebook  Follow us on twitter  Receive RSS Newsfeeds  MEMBERS: Register | Login

NC Zoo loses 41-year-old rhinoceros to illness


ASHEBORO, NC (AP) -- One of the oldest and most popular residents of the North Carolina Zoo has been euthanized after a lengthy illness. Zoo officials say Alice, a 41-year-old Southern white rhinoceros was euthanized on Tuesday.

Senior veterinarian Dr. Ryan DeVoe said Alice had been under treatment for chronic foot infections for three years that recently progressed to the point that the animal was in constant pain. DeVoe said foot infections combined with other problems associated with her age and skin lesions that had developed as a reaction to pain medications had diminished Alice's quality of life.

Alice came to the zoo in September 1976 as one of two Southern white rhinos on display in temporary exhibits and holding paddocks used to exhibit animals before the zoo's first permanent exhibits opened in 1979.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Disclaimer: Comments posted on this, or any story are opinions of those people posting them, and not the views or opinions of WWAY NewsChannel 3, its management or employees. You can view our comment policy here.



The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

More information about formatting options

To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.
Please re-enter the code shown in the image below.