Cancer Survivor, Randa the Rhino, Treated with Xoft System, Served as an Ambassador Animal for Her Species and Helped to Raise over $376,000 for Rhinos in the Wild
On Monday, the L.A. Zoo announced the passing of its 48-year-old Indian rhinoceros, Randa, due to age-related illness. The zoo says Randa was the oldest Indian rhinoceros living in a zoo worldwide and had drawn attention to the plight of her species.
Randa was born on Oct. 5, 1969, in Basel, Switzerland, and arrived at the Los Angeles Zoo on Nov. 22, 1974, from the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. A 2009 biopsy revealed that Randa had squamous cell carcinoma. The cancer was found under her horn, and a team comprised of Zoo veterinarians and renowned human and veterinary doctors made the decision to remove the entire horn and have Randa undergo radiation treatments. The LA Zoo, partnering with cancer specialists from UCLA Medical Center, and Xoft a subsidiary of iCAD, Inc., was able to treat the disease and Randa was officially declared to be in complete remission on Aug. 19, 2011.
From 2012 to 2015, Randa became the highlight of a behind-the-scenes “Indian Rhino Encounter” program, which gave guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with the female rhino, while also learning about the critically endangered species.
Randa had a great connection with the keepers who worked with her, and she loved swimming and eating honeydew melon and apples. She has been an extremely special animal in the hearts of the LA Zoo staff and volunteers, who are mourning her passing.
“Randa has been iconic throughout L.A. Zoo’s history, and so many visitors have been touched by an encounter with her or her fantastic story,” said John Lewis, Zoo Director at the Los Angeles Zoo. “It is a true testament of the work zoos do and the expertise of our staff that she was able to beat cancer and live a full life here at the Zoo. She was a fighter and will be missed by all.”
Story courtesy of: http://www.lazoo.org/2017/11/randa/