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 humanely 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.