Saturday 21 October 2017

Pampering day for endangered rhino

Nola, a critically endangered northern white rhino enjoys her pedicure keeper Ken McCaffree at San Diego Zoo Safari Park (San Diego Zoo/PA)
Nola, a critically endangered northern white rhino enjoys her pedicure keeper Ken McCaffree at San Diego Zoo Safari Park (San Diego Zoo/PA)

A girl's got to be pampered every now and again - even if she's a 4,000lb white rhino.

A rub-down and a pedicure were the order of the day for 40-year-old Nola, a member of the critically endangered species who lives at San Diego Zoo Safari Park in California in the US.

Her keepers, Jane Kennedy and Mary Weber-Evans, were on hand to help the elderly pachyderm as she had her nails trimmed and her ears scratched. It's been a long-awaited treat for the creature, after she had required the care of a vet following a nasty sinus infection.

However, Nola is feeling much better now and certainly enjoyed her grooming experience. Most rhinos are able to wear their nails down by walking around, but Nola has been hit by particularly rapid nail growth and has to have them trimmed down every three weeks or so.

There are only five white rhinos left in the world. Three are in a conservation area in Kenya, while another is in a zoo in the Czech Republic. Poaching for the creatures' prized horns are thought to have brought them to the brink of extinction.

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