The last male white rhino in the world has died


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/03/20/the-male-white-rhino-in-the-wo.html


#2

“Medicinal.” Snorting ground rhino horn—chemically no different than fingernails—is not medicinal. Even if you get a placebo effect that helps with impotence, it’s not medicinal.

Anyway…I hope we can use cloning to revive the species.


#3

It seems as though they could have collected sperm to impregnate females like they do horses. Perhaps even frozen the sperm. Possible? I don’t know.


#4

And if we do, let’s also figure out how to build in slow-release cyanide into the molecular structure of the horns so future snorters will be weeded out of OUR gene pool.


#5

Did anyone predict rising wealth in China would be such a disaster for wildlife? From rhino horn to bear gall bladders, tiger parts, and live exotics for the table, they’re hoovering up wildlife.


#6

Next up?


#7

Hey, don’t get all worked up snowflakes because the lord will just wave his divine little finger when it’s time, and poof! New rhinos.


#8

NO. The last male “NORTHERN” White Rhino in the world has died. Southern white rhinos, while poached and endangered are the most common rhino in the wild.


#9

The rhino in the photo is not the one that died.


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#14

I guess there’s nothing to be angry about in this story then. What a relief!


#15

No, be angry, but reserve a little for misleading headlines. A sub-species is bad, but not as bad as a species.


#16

You’re absolutely right. I’m sick as a dog today and as high as a monkey on flu meds. I’ll see this sorted out ASAP.


#17

I don’t know either, but i heard that rhinos were very difficult to breed this way, now I’m curious.

A quick nip off to google turned up an interesting piece from BBC that goes through the process:


The internet comes through again…


#18

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