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'Poacher' dehorns fibreglass rhino

2012-04-03 09:03

Port Elizabeth - Somewhere in the Jeffrey’s Bay area, a fibreglass rhino poacher is on the loose.

In the early hours of Monday morning he pulled the animal from its pedestal, dragged it outside and chopped off its horns, disappearing into the night.

On Monday morning, Susan Lottering, co-owner of Lombardini Game Reserve, found the reserve's maimed mascot, named Barendina.

She told how her feelings ranged from surprise and anger to laughter.

On Monday, whenever someone mentioned “fibreglass rhino horn” to any staff at Lombardini, they would burst into loud laughter.

Alcohol

Some wondered seriously whether the “poacher” was under the influence or just greedy when he made a fool of himself.

Possibly a bit of both, thought Lottering. “The intruder was probably looking for money and when he couldn’t find it, he looked for refreshments in the bar.”

It would appear as though “he had some stroh rum and liqueur when his eye fell on the rhino horn”.

“He must have heard somewhere that it was worth something because then it was just him and the rhino, and there was still a cupboard full of brandy and rum,” said Lottering.

When she called the police, she merely mentioned the burglary. “I was scared if I said rhino poaching, they would accuse me of making a false charge or something.

“But they could also not believe their eyes when they saw Barendina lying without her horns.”

The damage to Barendina is extensive and she would have to be replaced, said Johan Lottering, co-owner. “There is no hope of rehabilitation.”

This was rather sad, considering that Barendina was made from the cast of the first (real) rhino cow in the reserve.

But they reassured all that Barendina or a new fibreglass rhino - with both horns - would return.

- In October last year, Lombardini dehorned the reserve's 10 white rhino to prevent them from being targeted by poachers.

Comments
  • Warren - 2012-04-03 09:20

    Either for publicity or April Fools. very tongue-in-cheek article though

      Andre - 2012-04-03 09:35

      It is a true article - No April fools joke

      Squeegee - 2012-04-03 14:13

      Anywhere else in the world this would be an April Fool's Day joke, here....

  • grant.hide - 2012-04-03 09:21

    I think a dead dehorned fiberglass Rhino is better than a dead Rhinos on her farm. I wonder if they will eventually put fake horns on her Rhino to improvise for them not having Horns, Poor Animals.

  • Rodney - 2012-04-03 09:34

    I would love to watch a rhino kill a hunter \poacher....)

      Peter-Peter - 2012-04-03 10:01

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2f0da-ZyYk Its a good watch

      Arthur - 2012-04-03 15:57

      Awesome, thanks for the video link.

  • Fredster - 2012-04-03 09:41

    Does not matter how drunk you are, once you drag a rhino around, warning bells must ring!!!

  • Marion - 2012-04-03 09:46

    Reckon this horn will be bloodied up etc., and sold to some anus... not unknown for fake horns to be marketed.

  • Johan - 2012-04-03 09:58

    i assume this is as effective in curing the "male ailments" as what the real thing is supposed to be able to e-"raise" ... hahahaha ....

  • tvanrayner1 - 2012-04-03 10:14

    Stroh rum jo '' bliksjem!!!!'' lol iewers loop 'n groot aap rond met 'n fibreglass renosterhoring.

      Anastasia - 2012-04-03 10:43

      Not the first person to be turned into a complete fool by stroh rum...

  • Thoka - 2012-04-03 10:16

    this is classic, he must have been super sloshed when dehorning that.

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-04-03 10:20

    Truth is strange then fiction

  • Ian - 2012-04-03 10:33

    omg its official, juju you REALLY do have competition in the dumber as mud competition

  • Morné - 2012-04-03 10:40

    There is some pervert going to buy what he thinks is a Rhino horn only to find out that it is fiberglass, love to see his face to think he paid al that money for fiberglass. Mabey my new proffetion, making fiberglass rhino hors and sell it. Con the killers,, love it.

  • Frans - 2012-04-03 10:41

    Poor guy must be sex deprived. Probably gonna use the horn as a d!ldo. Or maybe he was feeling a bit HORNY?

      Irene - 2012-04-03 13:06

      Not sure what's more pathetic. Your comment or the moron who did this.

  • radlegend - 2012-04-03 10:43

    THIS IS DISGUSTING. Really?? I hope all these people (whether doing it in jest or not) rot in hell for dehorning rhinos.

  • paul.prinsloo3 - 2012-04-03 10:46

    They'll steal oxygen if they could.

      laetitia.clark - 2012-04-03 12:00

      They already steal oxygen :)

  • bashin.monyela - 2012-04-03 10:46

    This fool has an f minus sense of humour

  • Yolanda - 2012-04-03 13:44

    Hopefully the idiot will try sniff it og ingest it somehow and make himself ill!!

  • Nicole - 2012-04-03 14:58

    RF

  • Ferdie - 2012-04-03 16:25

    While they prank on a fibreglass rhino, no comment on the 4 rhinos poached at Kruger this week? (Allegatuions Confirmed by game ranger)

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