ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Someone new is becoming a member of the ranks of health fanatics who monitor the variety of steps they take every day with Fitbits and different health monitoring units .
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Someone new is becoming a member of the ranks of health fanatics who monitor the variety of steps they take every day with Fitbits and other fitness tracking devices. Only Helen is not human: She’s a 30-year-old white rhino at Walt Disney World.
Helen went out onto the savanna on the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction at Animal Kingdom on Monday carrying a health system all-day.
The objective is to assemble information on the variety of steps she takes every day, whether or not she is strolling, working or napping, and which a part of the man-made savanna she favors probably the most. The system, a couple of foot (0.3 meters) in diameter, has an accelerometer and a GPS tracker and it is fitted round her ankle.
The information it produces will likely be shared with greater than two dozen different establishments collaborating in a big analysis mission finding out the very best methods to look after rhinos at services, stated Scott Terrell, a veterinarian who’s director of Animal & Science Operations, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts.
“By doing this analysis and utilizing this expertise, we will actually focus in on the bodily health of the rhinos as a element of their well being and nicely being,” Terrell stated.
The tracker consists of a belt with a small pouch with electronics connected to it. Her caretakers had been attempting to get Helen accustomed to the system by having her put on it for a restricted period of time after which extending that point.
If Helen continues to look snug carrying the system, which will likely be taken off at night time, finally two-thirds of the 9 white rhinos at Animal Kingdom will likely be carrying the units out on the savanna.
Around 27,000 rhinos stay within the wild, primarily at nationwide parks and reserves. Three species — black, Javan, and Sumatran — are critically endangered attributable to poaching, in accordance with the World Wildlife Fund.
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Mike Schneider, The Associated Press