Rhino poaching suspect still in hospital

2010-11-15 09:24

A rhino poaching suspect might not be able to walk again after

being shot by police in Limpopo at the weekend, a police spokeswoman said

today.


“He will not appear in court because he is still in hospital,” said

Lieutenant Colonel Ronel Otto.


“He was shot in the hip and he may not be able to walk again, so he

may remain in hospital for some time to come.”


The man was arrested after a rhino was shot and killed on a farm in

Naboomspruit at the weekend.


Otto said a farmer and his workers were patrolling the farm when

they heard gun shots just after 5am.


“They went to investigate and they found a rhino dead after it had

been shot.

“Our officers, together with the farmer and his workers, searched

[for the poachers] the whole day. A shoot-out ensued between the police and the

suspects between 5pm and 6pm.


“One suspect was shot in the hip. He was arrested and taken to

hospital. He is under police guard. The rest are still at large.”


At least 210 rhinos have been killed for their horns since the

beginning of this year – up from 122 poached last year.


Black market demand for rhino horns has risen sharply as economic

growth has spread through east and southeast Asia, where the horn is believed to

have medicinal properties.


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