WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ One of the most popular animals at the
Sedgwick County Zoo has died.
Zoo officials say Eugene, an Eastern black rhinoceros, died
Tuesday. At the age of 32, he was one of the oldest black rhinos in
Mike Quick, the zoo's curator of animals, says zoo officials
were trying to decide whether to euthanize Eugene when he died on
his own. A necropsy determined Eugene died from a rupture in his
The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/J2nvhr ) the rhino was
at the zoo since 1981 and was a favorite of visitors and staff.
Quick says Eugene fathered several rhino calves that have been
sent to other zoos, including one at the Kansas City Zoo and one at
the St. Louis Zoo.