Beloved rhinoceros dies at age 49 in NC zoo

Published 11:04 pm Friday, February 15, 2019

Associated Press

ASHEBORO — The North Carolina Zoo says that a beloved rhinoceros named Stanley has died.

The zoo said in a news release that the 49-year-old southern white rhinoceros died Friday after suffering neurological symptoms and a suspected stroke in recent weeks.

A sudden decline in his health this week prompted zookeepers’ decision to euthanize him.

Stan was born in South Africa in 1970 and had lived at a zoo in Asheboro since 1987.

Stacey Weatherly was Stan’s lead zookeeper. She says her favorite memories include summer campers interacting with Stan and petting him.