Hunt still on for de-faced rhino

2014-03-03 14:03


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Cape Town - A rescue mission is still on for a rhino that was spotted in the Kruger National Park without  a horn that appeared to be hacked off.

The image of the rhino has sparked outrage as it appears that the horn was cut off exposing the Rhino’s flesh.

According to IOL an exhaustive search is still on to locate the hurt animal who was spotted near the Phabeni Gate, near Hazyview.

If still alive there is a huge possibility that the rhino would be in severe pain.

The park has let out several teams of experienced trackers and rangers to try and find the wounded Rhino and additionally search for the poachers. The team have various sniffer dogs and a helicopter to help in the process according to SanParks spokesperson Reynold Thakhuli.

To date South Africa has lost 146 rhino.

The Image of the wounded Rhino was released on Facebook and subsequently has received an outpouring of concern and disgust at the sheer brutality placed on the animal.

Conservationist Dr Ian Player who established the Wild Foundation to protect White rhino denounced the attack and stated the cruelty perpetrated by the poachers is inhumane.

As of Monday morning more and more rangers have been sent out to try and locate the rhino but the on and off rain patterns has made tracking the animal difficult.

According to Department of Environmental Affairs the Kruger National Park has been facing an onslaught of poaching with 30 rhino being killed in February alone. If poaching continues at this level it is estimated that by the end of the year South Africa will lose close to 900 rhino.

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