Grounds Maintenance Safety: Zoo worker fails to follow correct procedure, Rufus dies from ruptured liver.
Posted on Nov 09, 2008
In what could have been a serious problem the groundskeepers resulted in the death of a 36-year-old rhinoceros at the Norfolk, Virginia zoo. Apparently male white rhinos are “notoriously aggressive with each other” and require safety precausions that keep them appart. When the groundskeeper failed to follow the correct procedures that maintained separation during the night the two rhinos began fighting resulting in a ruptured liver. Rufus died as a result of his wounds.
Alfred, 40 remains healthy. Donations can be made directly to the Virginia Zoo.