Pregnant rhino killed in 2nd attack

2012-02-14 14:16
Gallery  |  click on thumbnail to view larger image

Limpopo rhino poaching

A heavily pregnant rhino cow and a two-year-old calf were killed by poachers on a game farm near Tzaneen in Limpopo. WARNING: The following images are of a graphic nature.

  • Pirates of Polokwane
    The 13th annual collection of Zapiro cartoons from the Mail& Guardian, Sunday Times and Independent... Now R126.00
    buy now
Cape Town - A 4-year-old rhino bull has been left traumatised after its mother and sister were killed by poachers in Limpopo earlier this month.

The cow, which was due to give birth this week, survived a shooting attack two years ago, Ian Otto, the manager of Thiergarten farm near Tzaneen in Limpopo, told News24 on Tuesday.

A case has been opened at Letsitele police station, after the shooting on February 9.

Otto said: “We noticed that the animals had not been dead for more than an hour so we took off after them [the poachers]. With help from two helicopters and a group of local farmers, they [the poachers] still managed to slip away.

“When we got back to the crime scene, we found that they first shot the 2-year-old calf and when she went down, the mother stood over her, [the poachers shot] the mother as well,” Otto said.


This same rhino cow’s mother was shot dead by poachers in 2010. The 4-year-old bull is the only surviving member of the entire family.

Otto said that the rhino bull, which has not been wounded, had been so traumatised by the loss of his mother and sister that his behaviour is completely abnormal.

“We’ve got a big ranch and he just walks from boundary to boundary. You hear him squealing and grunting.

“He approaches the other rhino and puts his face into them, turns around and walks away and just constantly calls [to them].

“You can see from his behaviour that he’s not himself, that it’s just not normal what he’s doing.”

The traumatised behaviour of the bull mirrored that of another calf whose mother had been shot in December. The calf had apparently lain down next to its mother’s carcass “for a couple of days before lions chased it away”.

Some good news

Otto said that calf eventually found another rhino with which it bonded. If they don’t, “they stress themselves to death”.

He said based on the information he had received about the last shootings, the poachers were professional hunters.

Otto said he was pleased with the reward system offered by Limpopo police for information on poachers, saying that this might encourage people to help stop poaching as opposed to helping poachers.

In 2011, 448 rhino were poached. Fifty-four rhino have already been poached in 2012 in South Africa - just 45 days into the year.

- Follow Lauren on Twitter
- News24
Read more on:    polokwane  |  rhino poaching

Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

/Oscar Pistorius

Adventure holidays you HAVE to put on your bucket list

Need a break from your usual boring routine? Consider one of these places for your next adventure holiday.


Where were you when you last felt alive?

Top 10 water sports to try before you die
6 impressive camping tips
Free outdoor yoga classes
Watch: 5 skills to improve your BMX riding

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now! - shop online today

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Deal of the week!

Save R1200 on the Samsung 48” smart full HD LED television now only R8799. Buy now!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing prices – As seen on TV

Get mind blowing prices on 1000’s of products! Shop now.

Save 20% on Nivea beauty products!

Buy any two Nivea beauty products and save 20%. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25


There is an easy social flow and the need to blend in, yet you may not feel entirely comfortable. Something beneath the more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.