Rhino believed to be world's oldest dies

A Rhino believed to be the world's oldest passed away at the age of 57 in Tanzania, according to conservation authorities.

In a statement posted on social media, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority announced that Fausta, an eastern black rhino living inside the conservation area, had died after a period of declining health.

The rhino was first seen in 1965 in the Ngorongoro crater by a scientist from the University of Dar es Salaam, and lived there until having to be taken into specialist care.

Dr Freddy Manongi, a specialist with the conservation authority, said in the statement that Fausta had been living with the effects of hyena attacks as well as failing eyesight.

According to the conservation authority, the typical life expectancy of a rhino is between 37 and 43 years, and they can live up to around 50 years if kept in captivity.

(Source: Reuters) 

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