There are three northern white rhinos remaining in the world, two of which are female. The male is wallowing in severe illness and reports from its caretakers indicate that the world’s only male northern white rhino is on a death watch. Sudan graced news headlines when Tinder, a dating application, named him the world’s most eligible bachelor as part of a campaign set to rally donors for the purpose of saving its subspecies.
Sudan is 45 years old and he is considered the eldest white rhino in the world. He lives in Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. In his company are two female white rhinos, Najin and Fatu. The three white rhinos are the only remaining specimens of their kind in the world. Given the extinction of animals in the world, the fate of Sudan’s legacy being carried onto the next generation rests on his ability to procreate with Najin and Fatu.
Sudan’s Chances of Surviving
Sudan’s ill health has attracted experts’ attention. They are fighting to keep him healthy so that his species does not go extinct. According to a spokeswoman at Ol Pejeta, Sudan’s life is deemed to fade soon.
How Did It Begin?
Sudan started showing symptoms of an age-related infection last year. The infection was treated, and in January he was back on his feet. He then developed a secondary infection adjacent to the primary one. This time, things changed as the infection was nonresponsive to treatment. After a careful assessment by health practitioners, euthanasia is the next option left to save Sudan from the impending pain caused by this secondary infection. In as much as he is still walking and feeding right now, the infection is vastly spreading to other parts of his body.
It looks like Sudan’s species is at a risk of going extinct. Even so, he still holds the hope of an existing generation for white rhino species. He is under the protection of armed guards and will still be watched and put away from poachers. The latest news is that he may be showing some signs of improvement, giving hope to his caregivers. We wish Sudan a quick recovery.
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