This Image Of The Last White Rhino LAD Is Breaking The Internet's Heart
As the final known bloke of his subspecies, the last male rhino lives a lonely existence. His name is Sudan and he just needs somebody to love.
Sudan, The Last Male Northern White Rhino
Although there are two female Northern White Rhinos left, breeding attempts with Sudan have not been successful. Apparently they just don't do anything for the 43-year-old rhino.
He is now left waiting for extinction in captivity following the population being reduced by poaching. An image of Sudan was posted on Twitter by Daniel Schneider, a biologist from Boston.
Mr Schneider wrote: "Want to know what extinction looks like? This is the last male Northern White Rhino. The last. Nevermore."
His tweet has received almost 40,000 retweets, and over 1,000 replies.
Steve Marie replied: "Many don't stop 2 realize tht as more species go extinct, the interdependence of species on this Earth is affected and humans' demise is coming." (sic)
And MB Donner said: "Breaking my heart. Humans are the most ruthless animals on Earth."
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Earlier this year, the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a 90,000 acre conservation area in Kenya's Laikipia County, partnered with Tinder in an attempt to find a way to help him reproduce by raising $9 million (£6.9m).
Research currently being carried out aims to establish a herd of 10 northern white rhinos after five years using in-vitro fertilization.
Steven Seet, from the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Reary, part of the research consortium, said: "Financial support remains the biggest challenge to this project.
"At 43 years, Sudan does not have much longer to live. To win this run against time it is very crucial to find major funds as quickly as possible."
Mathieu Plassard, the Regional Managing Director of Ol Pejeta Conservatory, said in a statement: "We are in a race. A race against the extinction of the northern white rhino species.
"We urgently need to raise awareness and funds for Sudan.
"Funds raised will go towards ongoing research into perfecting in vitro fertilisation technology. "
When users swiped right and 'Matched' with the animal, they were directed toward a page where they could make a donation. To be fair, he looks better than a few of the people I've seen on there.
Featured Image Credit: Helping Rhinos