LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Potter Park Zoo friends, zoo keepers, staff and the entire community are mourning the loss of Jello, the zoo’s Eastern black rhino.
The nearly 12-year-old male was put down Monday after his health declined drastically.
Jello had been receiving treatment for a seizure disorder and his ongoing neurological condition may have contributed to his sudden decline.
“The loss of Jello is a devastating blow to the zoo, to our community, and to this critically endangered species,” said Potter Park Zoo Director Sherrie Graham.
Jello had been at the Potter Park Zoo since 2011. He had always been treated for special health needs and he was diagnosed with idiopathic epilepsy.
The zoo is home to an 8-year-old female black rhino, Doppsee.
Eastern black rhinos are critically endangered, with only 5,000 living in the wild.