Friday, 15 May 2015

Rare white rhino undergoes veterinary treatment in California

By Steve Gorman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A rare northern white rhinoceros, one of just five left on Earth, is undergoing treatment at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park for what veterinarians believe is an abscess under its skin, a park spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

The 41-year-old female rhino, named Nola, was found last week to have swelling on her right hip that grew larger until veterinarians on Saturday lanced the site to drain and flush it with saline solution, spokeswoman Darla Davis said.

Samples of tissue and pus taken from the site are being tested, with results expected in a matter of days, though vets do not believe a tumor exists, Davis said. In the meantime, Nola has been put on a course of antibiotics as a precaution.

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