Schwerin (dpa / mv) - Because the hoped-for offspring failed to materialize, the rhinoceros bull Kimba leaves the Schwerin Zoo for Switzerland.

Kimba has been joining the two females Clara and Karen since 2016, as the zoo announced on Wednesday.

The gestation period of rhinos is 16 months, which is why pregnancy is not always quickly apparent.

In numerous attempts, however, it did not work with fertilization.

The two females, also called cows, and the bull were therefore examined and tested.

As a result, Kimba was found to be sterile.

However, the sterility of the animals is not always due to physical reasons alone, but can also be due to the composition of the group.

Therefore, Kimba is expected to move to the Zurich Zoo at the beginning of June.

There are four females waiting for him: Tanda, Teshi, Talantini and Ushindi.

This summer, a new bull is to move into the Schwerin Zoo, which had previously provided for offspring.


© dpa-infocom, dpa: 210505-99-482160 / 2