Endangered Rhino May Have Miscarried

JAKARTA, April 5 (UPI) — An endangered Sumatran rhino living in captivity may have miscarried, officials at the Indonesian Rhino Foundation said.

The foundation had hoped Ratu would give birth to the first Sumatran Rhino born in captivity in Indonesia, Widodo Ramono, the foundation’s executive director, told the BBC in a story published Monday.

Recent ultrasound tests showed 8-year-old Ratu’s embryo had disappeared, Ramono said. She could began ovulating again this month. If that happens, foundation officials would consider mating her anew with Andalas, a male rhino who chased Ratu and fought with her last year, leaving her with serious injuries, Ramono said.

An estimated 200 Sumatran rhinos now remain in the wild. Their numbers dropped by 50 percent during the last year primarily because of illegal poaching and sales to Asian countries, where rhino horns traditionally are believed to have medicinal properties.

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