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Ostrich dies after being injured by rhino at Seneca Park Zoo

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Handlers started to introduce the ostriches into the environment with the rhino last week. On Tuesday, zoo officials said there was a "physical incident" between Bill and Blue. Blue died. (Photo: Seneca Park Zoo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - One of two ostriches at the Seneca Park Zoo has died after being injured by a rhino Tuesday morning.

Blue, the female ostrich, joined the zoo in August. Zoo officials planned to move Blue with a second female ostrich, Echo, into the habitat with Bill the rhino.

Handlers started to introduce the ostriches into the environment with the rhino last week. On Tuesday, zoo officials said there was a "physical incident" between Bill and Blue.

Immediately, zoo personnel rushed in to give lifesaving actions to save Blue, but she did not survive her injuries.

Echo has been moved back to the giraffe and zebra habitat. Bill the rhino is uninjured and remains in his habitat.

In their natural habitats, ostriches and rhinos live together in Africa, as well as in a number of AZA-accredited zoos.

Zoo officials said neither animal is a predator of the other.

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