Unable to stand, and suffering from a string of infections in his advanced age, the world’s last male northern white rhino was euthanised on Monday by a veterinary team in Kenya that had fought for years to save him and his dwindling species. Only two now remain – his daughter, Najin, and granddaughter, Fatu – leaving in-vitro fertilisation from preserved sperm the last tool against extinction.

Sudan, who was 45 when he died, had unsuccessfully tried to mate with females from a related sub-species of rhino found in southern Africa. The second-to-last male, Suni, died in 2014, possibly from a heart attack. Sudan and Suni were likely too old to be fertile by the time they were brought to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya from a zoo in the Czech Republic in 2009.

 A truely sad story that the late Steve Irwin’s daughter Bindi had something to say about:

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