Rare white rhino dies in US

LOS ANGELES, USA – A northern white rhinoceros – one of just 4 remaining worldwide – died Sunday, November 22, at the San Diego Zoo, officials said.

The 41-year-old female known as Nola saw her health take a quick turn for the worse. 

"Early this morning, the team made the difficult decision to euthanize her," the zoo said in a statement.

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of Nola, a critically endangered northern white rhino who lived at... Posted by San Diego Zoo on Sunday, November 22, 2015

The animal – battling an infection and other age-related ailments – had been at the zoo since 1989. It underwent surgery November 13 but then stopped eating shortly thereafter.

"Nola leaves a legacy that her keepers and animal care staff hope will continue to help rhino conservation for years to come," the zoo added.

The three remaining animals are at a conservatory in Kenya. – Rappler.com