Animal suffering from an infection in the right paw had a profile in Tinder in 2017 that sought collections for in vitro reproduction of its species

The latest male white rhinoceros in the world, called Sudan, was killed on Monday after veterinarians saw the worsening disease. The information was released on Tuesday by the management of the Kenyan nature reserve of Ol Pejeta, where the animal had lived since 2009. "Your disease has worsened significantly in the last 24 hours. He could not get up and he was getting very ill, "explained the reserve team, who worked with experts from the Czech zoo Dvur Kralove and the Kenya Wildlife Conservation Service (KWS).

Sudan successfully rebounded at the end of last year from an infection in his right paw because of his old age, but at the end of February he had a relapse that was considered "much deeper."

Since then, veterinarians have sought ways to cure it and even perpetuate the species, but the complications of his leg combined with the age of the rhinoceros (45 years) have led to death.

"Sudan will be remembered for its memorable and unusual life," said the reservation, explaining that in the 1970s it managed to survive the extinction of its species and was transferred to the zoo Dvur Kralove in the Czech Republic.

At the end of his life, he was able to return to Africa at the Laikipia Nature Reserve in west-central Kenya.

The reserve said it was able to extract "genetic material" from the creature, which "gives hope for future attempts to reproduce the white rhino species through advanced genetic techniques."

In addition, there are two other live females, both daughters of the Sudan, also in Ol Pejeta, but artificial fertilization has never been attempted with rhinoceroses. Sudan achieved great popularity after a campaign launched on the social network Tinder by Ol Pejeta officials to get the $ 9 million needed to develop fertilization techniques valid for these animals.

"I am unique. I am the last male white rhinoceros on planet Earth. I do not want to look like a profiteer, but the fate of my species depends, literally, on me. I act well under pressure. I measure 1.82 meters and weigh 2.277 kilos, if that matters, "he describes in his profile.

For years, the illegal hunting of these animals contributed to its extinction, since its horns are worth prices superior to the gold in the Asian market, due to supposed healing and aphrodisiac properties.