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Montgomery Zoo says 12-year-old rhino died of sand colic

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Jeta with baby Ethan in June. Jeta with baby Ethan in June.
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The Montgomery Zoo announced Wednesday the final results of a necropsy show 12-year-old female Greater Indian rhino Jeta died of sand colic.

The zoo announced Nov. 21 that Jeta had died. She had been at the Montgomery Zoo for seven years.

The zoo says sand colic is a disease that also occurs in horses that share a similar intestinal anatomy.

Jeta was most recently in the news after successfully giving birth through artificial insemination. Jeta's baby, a rhino named Ethan, was hailed as a milestone in the scientific community. The baby appeared healthy, but died suddenly in October of unknown causes.

Both deaths deal a blow to the Indian rhino, which is an endangered species. There are less than 60 in captivity in the United States and an estimated 2,500 remaining in the wild.

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