Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Zoo Loses Much-Loved Rhino.(Final)

Byline: Journal Staff Report


* Ivan dies suddenly at the age of 38 due to complications of peritonitis

Ivan, one of the Rio Grande Zoo's five rhinoceroses, died Monday of peritonitis.

He was 38.

"He never exhibited any signs of illness," said Dr. Michael Richard, the zoo veterinarian. "In fact, he ate last night."

More tests will be performed, but Richard said it appears that Ivan suffered from an obstruction that caused part of his intestine to rupture.

"He was really well loved," Richard said, describing Ivan as "sweet. …

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