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Bolau, H., 1900. Das Ende des Indischen Nashorns im Hamburger Zoologischen Garten. Zoologische Garten A.F. 41 (11): 334-336

Location: Captive - Europe
Subject: Management
Species: Indian Rhino

Original text on this topic:
Male Rhinoceros unicornis, Zoo Hamburg. The animal had an infection around the horn caused by too much rubbing during many years. It also developed a disease of the kidneys. I had to decide to kill the animal to stop his suffering. The question was to shoot it or to use poison. From the few experiences with poisons, we know that the effect of even deadly poisons like Strychnin or Cyankalium do not always have a predictable result in these large animals. Big game hunters from Africa write that this animal is killed easily with a well placed shot.
The rhino was shot by Dr Walter von Ohlendorff, in the presence of many hunting friends, inclkuding the Prince von Hohenlohe-Schillingsf?rst and Graf Joseph von Baudissin. Also Adolf Frank, who had advised me about the proceedings. One shot was fired from a carbine Modell 88 with a 8 mm Vollmantelgeschoss. The bullet hit one rib and the animal fell and died.

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