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Kruger rhino attacks game ranger

2011-11-02 22:25

Johannesburg - A man was attacked by a black rhino near the south end of the Kruger National Park in Limpopo on Wednesday, said paramedics.

The man, a game ranger at the park, was rammed by the rhino while patrolling on foot, said ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks.

The rhino's horn punctured his left arm and he suffered bumps to the head and bruised ribs on his left side, said Banks.

"He is very lucky not to have sustained much more serious injuries," Banks said.

The man, 44, was taken to hospital in a stable condition.

Comments
  • shaza.grainger - 2011-11-02 23:08

    Given the fact the constant murder of rhino by illegal hunting and Chinese backed massive business of poaching in all of Africa including South Africa I am NOT surprised the animals are turning vicious. I would too not trust another living human being because of their constant cruel efforts to steal my keratin.

      Gungets - 2011-11-03 06:08

      @Shaza - these are wild animals, not at some sort of petting zoo and gone from tame to "vicious". There are many reasons why the ranger might have been "attacked" but irritation at a price tag on the horn is not near the top of the list. Contrary to the "fluffy liddle bunny" image, black rhino are one of the grumpier animals around, very territorial, and due to poor eyesight but good smell and hearing, will have a go at almost anything in their path. If you chat to the ranger he will almost certainly admit to being a little careless. I agree completely with your dislkie/hate/loathing of poaching, so keep up with the criticism of poaching, every bit helps.

      Garth - 2011-11-03 06:23

      Your sentiments are noted but, you obviously have very little knowledge and should refrain from making this fact public. `. . . animals turning vicious.' The only species on this planet capable of viciousness or retributive thought is the human. Defence of self and protection of young through attack are definitely animalistic traits, but this does not make them vicious.

      Jay - 2011-11-03 08:24

      Missing the point much? this poor Game ranger protects animals. Wrong Place wrong time..............I'm guessing he didn't even know the rhino was there!

      Foc - 2011-11-03 08:53

      Shaza its not like the animals have a 'local newspaper' or warning system to warn them about poachers .... I agree with Gungets black rhinos are very aggressive and full of crap.... thats why you very seldom see them in the bush .... That the poachers need a horn up the naught by a black rhino will give me emmense pleasure!!

  • Nick - 2011-11-03 09:50

    Rhino = 1 , unfortunately it was game ranger where it should have been a damn poacher!!!!!

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