Randa the Rhino has Died at 48

The Los Angeles Zoo has said a final goodbye to Randa the Indian rhinoceros who has died at 48.

"The L.A. Zoo is deeply saddened to announce the passing of 48-year-old female Indian rhinoceros, Randa, this morning due to age-related illnesses.

The Zoo made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize Randa after she began showing signs of declining health, including loss of appetite, difficulty moving, and blood work indicating kidney failure."

Randa was originally born in 1969 in Basel, Switzerland and was moved to the LA Zoo in 1974.

In 2009, a biopsy revealed Randa had an aggressive form of skin cancer under her horn and veterinarians decided the best course of action was to remove her horn so she could undergo radiation treatments.

In 2011, surgeons, oncologists and radiation specialists were able to declare her cancer free.

Even though Randa was the oldest Indian rhino on record, the zoo says even until the end she was enjoying life.

"[Randa] spent her life raising awareness of the plight of rhino species in the wild and creating unique and engaging experiences between herself and zoo guests."

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