Nonno Toby, the world’s oldest rhino, ‘falls over and dies’ on his way to bed.
Nonno Toby, the world’s oldest white rhino, died at his home zoo in northern Italy, prompting tributes. He was walking back to his bed when he collapsed and died, according to a spokeswoman. The world’s oldest white rhino died at a zoo at the age of 54 after collapsing on his way to bed.
According to Elisa Livia Pennacchioni of Parco Natura Viva in Veneto, Italy, ‘Nonno Toby’ (‘Grandpa Toby’ in English) passed away on October 6.
“On the way back to his overnight refuge, he fainted on the floor, and his heart stopped after approximately half an hour,” she claimed.
He was noted for his friendliness toward other zoo visitors, and he was affectionately dubbed ‘grandpa’ since he was frequently seen ‘looking after’ other hippos and antelopes in his enclosure.
The rhino had a large internet following in his native Italy and beyond, and the news of his death elicited some heartfelt reactions on Twitter.
Some celebrities and admirers took to the site to share their fond recollections of the big-hearted creature.
Luca Zaia led the tributes by detailing Toby’s friendships with other animal kingdom members.
“He had come out of his stable in the Parco Natura Viva in Bussolengo every morning for 46 years, where his pals were waiting for him, in notably Popo, a young hippo who greeted him by chewing his horn,” he said.
“He leaves us a loving giant who has taken on the role of ‘grandfather’ for 14 little hippos and some nyala,” Italian Twitter user Sabrina Mora wrote.
One of Grandpa Toby’s adoptive relatives is the nyala, a horned antelope endemic to southern Africa.
Toby will be embalmed and shown in Trento’s MuSe scientific museum. According to Ms Pennacchioni, he will join Blanco, a famous white lion from the zoo who died five years ago.
When kept in captivity, white rhinos can live up to 40 years, while in the wild, they can live up to 30 years. According to the WWF, they are one of the few rhino species that are not classified as “endangered.”
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