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'Screaming' rhino calf nudges dead mom

2012-04-10 10:28

Johannesburg - A Limpopo farm manager heard poachers shooting and then chopping off a rhino cow's horns on Sunday night.

Tommy Fraser, one of the owners of the Dabchick nature reserve near Alma in Limpopo, said the farm manager, Martin Roux, “heard the blows of the axe echoing”.

The rhino cow was killed at about 01:30 on the farm in the Rankins Pass, about 50km north of Thabazimbi.

Fraser said the cow’s month-old calf stood screaming next to his mothers bleeding carcass. The calf also tried to drink from his mother, who was already dead.

Crying


“It was shocking to see this. It sounded like he was crying.”

The cow, Big Bertha, was 9 years old.

The rhinos on the farm were guarded by armed men. “We divide the farm into areas and get patrols to drive through and guard them.”

The farm is over 1 000 hectares.

Sunday night was full moon, a time popular with poachers. Rhino owners also referred to full moon as “poacher’s moon”.

Roux apparently had just returned from a patrol on the farm when he heard a shot.

He got into his bakkie and drove in the direction of the shot.

Later he had to start looking on foot in the veld.

“He heard how the poachers chopped off the horns with axes. It was very traumatic.”

Meanwhile more farmers and guards were called. They set up roadblocks to try to catch the poachers.

By the time Roux found the cow, she was already dead and the poachers were gone.

Fraser said the month-old calf wouldn’t leave its mother. “It kept nudging its mother.”

Calf sedated


Fraser called Dr Louis Greeff, a vet from Thabazimbi. The calf was sedated and is now recuperating in a rehabilitation clinic where Greeff is looking after him.

Greeff was the same vet who in September last year tried to save a 3-week-old rhino calf who landed in a tree after poachers shot dead its mother near Brits. The calf later died.

“Big Bertha was part of our family,” said Fraser.

He said they were planning to start a unit called Threatened Wildlife Protection Academy next month.

It would train people to guard rhinos.

“They are gentle animals and we would like to teach people how to be in a rhino’s shadow to protect them.”

Several private rhino owners in Limpopo have armed guards who protect the animals in the veld.

Fraser said he was “pleading with government” to legalise the rhino trade. This was the only way to stop poaching, he said.

Since the beginning of the year, 164 rhino had been killed for their horns. Of these, 95 were in the Kruger National Park. Last year, 443 rhinos had been killed.

Comments
  • Ronelle - 2012-04-10 10:37

    I cannot handle this !!!!! HOW TERRIBLY CRUEL

      Marion - 2012-04-10 11:13

      This makes me incredibly sad. These calves are only weaned after two years to my knowledge. Cruel cruel cruel. And all for man's greed and the totally ignorant belief that the equivalent of fingernails and horses hooves can cure disease.

      Consolata - 2012-04-10 11:14

      Its so heartbreaking. I cried when I read this article. How do we do something about this. I dont live anywhere near a farm but I really want to help!

      Assegai - 2012-04-10 11:27

      Horrifying story this. This just shows that not enough is being done to REALLY address this issue. We all sit and moan about the issue on here but the government is in no hurry!

      Nina - 2012-04-10 13:17

      I did not understand or care much about the the impact of this and was very ignorant about "saving the rhino" etc until I met a rhino this weekend and got a rude awakening that really touched me. Something drastic needs to happen to stop this, seriously. These animals are precious :-(

      Rainbow - 2012-04-10 16:07

      And the goverment wont legalize it because some of their members have their fingers in this lucrative pie

      Allen - 2012-04-10 22:19

      I had to force myself to read this article! These f'n people must be caught and given life sentences! Maybe we can make fake rhino horns from cows' hooves with a texture to match the "real deal". Ship these "knock-off" rhino horns into China and Vietnam by the container load. They send us all their knock-off merchandise into SA, like handbags, sunglasses etc, why don't we return the favour? 1 container of Rhino horn at $2Billion! I'm sure these idiots would buy the horn and wouldn't know the difference.

      seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-04-11 01:18

      @Nina - I feel sorry for you - you are ignorant to "only" realize the "impact" now! Where on earth have you been all these years?.? Please educate yourself a little more - I could understand it if those words came from a tw-year old's mouth, but surely not from an adult or even a teenager!?

      Nina - 2012-04-11 08:15

      @seanpres: Instead of appreciating the fact that 1 more person cares you throw personal attacks. Not everyone knows the impact and just hearing "save the rhino" on tv and radio means nothing to many people whether you will admit that or not. I feel sorry for you that you dish out judgment regardless of the fact that the message is penetrating, you need to stop being self-righteous and realise that we do not all share a love for animals, but some of us still see the shocking cruelty in things like this, which we did not necessarily see before. I suggest you get off your high horse if you hope to gain more support from other "ignorant" people in "saving the rhino".

  • Barry - 2012-04-10 10:39

    This is heartbreaking! But the world just watches...

      Ian - 2012-04-10 10:44

      thats right Barry, they watch and watch and oooh and aaaah and talk and do stuff all

      Brett - 2012-04-10 12:20

      The world also just watches while farmers and their children are murdered.

  • JohhnyBGood - 2012-04-10 10:39

    So I guess the poachers got away ?

      Andrew - 2012-04-11 08:38

      Duhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kala - 2012-04-10 10:40

    We do not inherit the earth from our parents... We borrow it from our children. Our children will not have much to look forward to in the next 50 years. Poachers do not just steal rhino horn, they are stealing our countries assets and should be dealt with way more severly than a petty fine or a few months in jail.

      elizabethann.auld - 2012-04-10 10:59

      Good thought - if you steal a countries assets are you a terrorist? If so why cant they be tried as terrorists or revolutionaries?

      Scebberish - 2012-04-10 16:17

      Wee should learn from Kenya. Poachers there dont get a second chance, in fact they usually are shot while trying to escape! ;-)

      seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-04-11 01:21

      As usual, they tend to dissappear into thin air........!

  • christian.helberg - 2012-04-10 10:44

    so so sad, what else can be done to combat this?

      Dee - 2012-04-10 11:19

      I advocate REDUCE DEMAND of rhino horn : 1. Make a pseudo 'snuff' movie with Asian sub-titles showing a person convulsing, frothing at the mouth and dying of poisoned rhino horn. 2. Have a massive media campaign in Asia spreading the word that ALL rhino horn is now poisoned (use is based on a myth - spread another one) 3. Ship just 1 huge consignment of lethally poisoned horn. A few dead human users is justified to counteract this wanton slaughter of rhinos. 4. Asian countries to enforce DRUG TRAFFIC DEATH PENALTY for rhino 'drug'. 5. International law that murder of endangered animals carries same penalty as murder of a human.

      Dee - 2012-04-10 11:26

      PS : We can also have a national drive to collect all our toe / finger nail clippings - and export those to Keratin-crazy Asians.

      Kala - 2012-04-10 11:46

      Love you stuff Dee! Maybe that's why our parents told us NOT to bite our nails... They were worried we would walk around with boners all day.

      Andrew - 2012-04-11 14:40

      Dee, Why don't you just instead call for the legalising of Trade in Rhino horn. That will at the same time reduce the price of the horn and at the same give Rhino owners an income stream justifying allocating more resources to their survival. At the moment owning a Rhino has so many risks that it becoming harder and harder to justify. Selling the horn will result in much increased Rhino population in addtion to the reduction in poaching.

      Joanne - 2012-04-11 17:11

      @ Andrew - are we sure there are enough adult rhino in the world to supply a legal or illegal demand for rhino horn? If this is the 'viagra' and 'aspirin' of several far Eastern countries, legalisation will get rid of the crime, but also the rhino. How about we send quite a few breeding pairs somewhere where they can really be protected. And why isn't China/Vietnam farming rhinos for themselves? They could have bred the Sumatran rhino? Maybe the 'magic' doesn't work if it's a tame rhino?

      Andrew - 2012-04-13 15:18

      Once the trade is legalise then there can be a lot more resources allocated to each Rhino so they can breed faster and be better protected. Concerning a safe place for the rhino I believe that Australia could be very viable and I am forecasting a time when there will be more Rhino in Australia then in Africa.

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2012-04-10 10:45

    Fraser appealing to the Gov to legalise Rhino horn trade, i hpe, i ddnt read correctly.

      Kala - 2012-04-10 10:58

      Cosmos - There is the argument that by selling the stock piles of rhino horn and elephant tusks that South Africa (and other African countries)hold in safe keeping the market for these products would be flooded thus reducing the demand for them. I have had the opportunity to see a small percentage of the stock pile rhino horn and it is substantial. These are from animals that would have died from natural causes or in the case of ivory, from elephnat culls.

      Susan - 2012-04-10 11:04

      Legalising the Rhino trade will counter poaching. Rich Chinese traders will pay to hunt rhino, offer it legally on the market and obliviate the need for a black market. Good prices for legal rhino hunting will be an incentive for more game farmers to invest in rhino and the rhino population will shoot up, as was the case with many almost-extinct animals. Animals protected against hunting by law, such as cheetas, will never prosper as it makes no sense for a game farmer to purchase, breed or protect them. Same with rhino. To be emotional about this will not save the rhino, only common sense.

      sian.okeeffe - 2012-04-10 11:28

      The only problem here is that you have to rely on governments (read ANC, China, Vietnam) to stick to the legal agreements and police accordingly. If you look at what happened with ivory, this did not work as the chinese government was profiteering off the legal ivory trade. It bought a massive stockpile out of Kenya (some said enough to satisfy the need for ivory for years to come), and then marked it up so much in its "legal" ivory market, that most people that wanted ivory couldn't afford it. The end result was the black market in ivory is thriving as it can be bought cheaper there than via "legal" channels. In fact, 90% of the ivory sold in China is via the black market (read poached elephants). The idea of farming and legalising trade in rhino horn certainly has merits, but when the governments responsible for managing this are just as corrupt, the reality is that this is not a viable solution without some form of management of "wild" rhino horn (perhaps poisoning & DNA tracking of all wild rhino horns should be mandatory, thus ensuring that if a consumer buys poached horn, they die - simple as that). What also needs to be done is education of the end market, and a tougher stance must be taken against poachers and anyone associated with the trade or sale of illegal rhino horn. Mandatory 25 year prison sentences, no parole, no bail, no appeal if you are caught. Rangers guarding our rhinos must also have a shoot to kill mandate against poachers. SAVE OUR RHINOS!

      Susan - 2012-04-10 11:45

      sian - first I agree with you that we should poison all wild rhino horn. Mandatory. I.r.o. ivory - competition will in the end do it. I have seen at a show in germany tons of Mammoth ivory dived from the black sea sold to visitors! In South Africa we have to cull our elephants , as in Botswana. Thousands of them. It is true that some governments will not police their stocks such as Kenia (and Zim, these days) but banning the ivory trade is in that case also not going to protect elephants there. If slaughter of animals are allowed, ban or no ban, it will happen. The ONLY hope for any game is private enterprise, (I do not discount the value of reserves) but private game farms and hunting is what will save Africa's animals in the end, not laws.

      evylshnukums - 2012-04-10 11:46

      I agree, Cosmos. Why would people pay high prices for something they could still just steal for cheaper? Chances are the market will be expanded rather than "flooded". And how will one tell "legal" horn from the illegal kind? Not to mention the fact that legalising trade may be seen as endorsing unfounded beliefs about the "powers" of rhino horn. I suspect the legalisation camp are not basing their ideas on any kind of research.

      cosmos.ndebele - 2012-04-11 00:08

      Never ever legalize RHINO HORN TRADE!!!!! Fight it with all the efforts instead.

      seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-04-11 01:45

      @Sian - I support your approach - even if trade is legalised and the stockpiles are sold off, this too will eventually run out - demand will become greater than production - then what? Back to square one, poaching all over again - we would have shot ourselves in the foot! I encourage the burning of all stockpiles (1) stop it from ending up in the wrong hands like corrupt officials locally guarding the stockpiles and (2) to show the little men out there that we mean business and will not tollerate their little men syndrome problems anymore and won't create a market for them no matter what their demands are! They can contact Pfizer like anyone else with the same problem, because trying to bring them upto the 21st century seems to be an impossible task! If it bugs them so much why don't they just chop it off and eat it themselves, stick it in a wok and stir-fry it, I'm sure it will cure something! They seem to find cures with any appendages, why not try their own!!!

      sian.okeeffe - 2012-04-11 09:32

      For any of you that are interested, here is a good article on the negatives with regards to legalising the trade in rhino horn - its not a new request, and this article outlines the many downsides - an interesting point is the danger that other rhino species will be put in (the asian rhinos are way closer to real extinction than ours are currently, yet no-one seems to think about them in all this. Here is the article: http://www.rhinoconservation.org/2012/04/10/legal-trade-in-rhino-horn-is-an-old-agenda-not-a-new-solution/

      Andrew - 2012-04-11 14:57

      Sian, The last time I looked there weren't hundreds of Elephants been poached with the Elephant on the verge on extinction (despite poaching not been stopped. This time don't sell the horns in bulk and if you do there will be an incentive for the Chinese government to help in the fight. There is a huge difference between Rhino horn and Elelphant tusks. Tusks are a one-off, horns can be marketed repeatedly and horns I would suppose have beter DNA profiling prospects. Evelnuskuns if the market expands then good, more money to pay for game guards. if it does not expand less poaching. The Rhino can't lose. Sean, the Rhino themselves will replenish the resource and if there is enough money there will be enough Rhino to sastisfy the whole of China. Cosmos-Your attitude denying trade is driving the Rhino to extinction. Please everyone SAVE OUR RHINO-legalise the trade.

      Joanne - 2012-04-11 17:13

      @Kala - are we sure there are enough adult rhino in the world to supply a legal or illegal demand for rhino horn? If this is the 'viagra' and 'aspirin' of several far Eastern countries, legalisation will get rid of the crime, but also the rhino. Populations totalling a billion altogether - are we sure our stockpiles are big enough? How about we send quite a few breeding pairs somewhere where they can really be protected. And why isn't China/Vietnam farming rhinos for themselves? They could have bred the Sumatran rhino? Maybe the 'magic' doesn't work if it's a tame rhino?

  • mike.bishton - 2012-04-10 10:45

    WHEN will something be done about this???? Not that I don't appreciate the efforts of those who work tirelessly but really, we are loosing the battle and sadly, once again, those who do have the power to put a stop to this do absolutely NOTHING!!!! (which implicate them as killers too - there is rhino blood on the hands of ANYONE who can do something, but chooses not to!)

  • Azande - 2012-04-10 10:50

    Seems like the physical patrol is failing. Is the use of cameras in the perimeter ambitious?

      elizabethann.auld - 2012-04-10 11:02

      Very - one more thing to steal and sell for money for guns - We should go back to high fences with guard tqwers lights etc - an African Berlin Wall - you stay yoyr side we and what is ours stays our side - trust no-one!

      Susan - 2012-04-10 11:06

      rhinos move around a lot. To install cameras on 1000 ha farm, with trees and bushes.... not going to work.

      Azande - 2012-04-10 11:20

      @elizabeth, that will definitely work. The towers and the lights. @Susan, I thought about that.

      seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-04-11 01:47

      Yea, so that our government can just rip the fences down again........!

  • Cheslin - 2012-04-10 10:50

    Poachers are low and sick bastards. What is being done about these rubbishes?

      David - 2012-04-10 11:14

      They need to be shot on sight. Only problem is they hunt at night and are heavily armed. No mercy for these idiots.

      Gail - 2012-04-10 14:20

      Obviously not enough.

  • Helen - 2012-04-10 10:52

    Terrible - Crying at my desk as I read this :(

      Antipoaching - 2012-04-10 11:03

      as the toughy in the office I felt obliged to go to the loo and have a little weep, Helen.... between this story and the Kariega Game Reserve Themba and Thandi story, I am cured of any compassion for humankind.... vicious predators

      Genet - 2012-04-10 11:25

      Me too. My heart actually hurts.

  • Antipoaching - 2012-04-10 10:53

    one poacher one bullet!

      Azande - 2012-04-10 11:02

      VIVA comrade, one poacher one bullet.

      Dee - 2012-04-10 11:23

      For every poacher killed - there are 1000 more unemployed desperados to take their place. REDUCE DEMAND and profitability of rhino horn is more viable imo.

      Azande - 2012-04-10 11:55

      @Dee, If the rhino horn trading was not done in the black market, we would be able to. Unfortunately, its black market and we can't regulate it.

      Shirley - 2012-04-10 12:36

      100000 thumbs up!!!!!

      John - 2012-04-10 17:13

      Put a HUGE bounty on poachers. R1mil for any information leading to the capture or death of any poacher of any breed of endangered animals in SA.

      John - 2012-04-10 17:21

      By putting a huge bounty on poachers we might just turn poachers against poachers. Hell even "Dog the bounty hunter" in the states might get interested. Declare open hunting season on the F***ers. R1mil a pop.

  • looneylani - 2012-04-10 10:54

    This is happening too much, I am beginning to think that it's all "organised"

      John - 2012-04-10 17:29

      Of course it's organized, just look at the recent arrests of SAN Parks officials. I've said before on these forums, the traffic is done under the cover of diplomatic immunity. Our new Chink masters are seriously involved and our government is turning a blind eye!! How did container loads of horns get as far as Hong Kong undetected? cANCer that's how, FFS.

  • Lungile Rlm - 2012-04-10 10:55

    I think its by time we get the army involved, plus currently they not doing much. or the should be a law that forbid helicopter from fly over game reserves..

      John - 2012-04-10 17:39

      Well Lungile, the army is involved, they stopped tourists at gun point the other day, because they made a wrong turn. Poachers don't make wrong turns, they are guided to their prey. Go to Google Earth and pan down the Trans Frontier Border and you will see plenty of landing strips, ideal for light aircraft to pick up their ill gotten gains. It's not rocket science.

  • thea.vansteenderen - 2012-04-10 10:57

    This is just too terrible. All for some men to get an erection but the overriding cause is of course, GREED. I really prefer animals to people. These poachers don't deserve to live.

      Marion - 2012-04-10 11:17

      Apparently the aphrodisiac claims is just a myth. They do use them for 'asian medicine' to cure disease. Much as it goes against the grain for me to wish anyone dead I sincerely hope those who buy it all suffer incredibly before they die.

      Jacqui - 2012-04-10 12:55

      Marion, The Vietnamese just can't get enough horn to still the demand, they use it as a cancer cure, for hangovers and the saddest of all for lucky charms. Time to take on the Vietnamese

      Gail - 2012-04-10 14:23

      What's wrong with Viagra anyway?

  • louise.burger.lj - 2012-04-10 11:00

    how bout we "chop" off the Rhino poachers' "horns" then they can feel what it feels like to have something "chopped" off! bloody sick humans hurting innocent animals.

  • LekkePerd - 2012-04-10 11:01

    How can we help to stop this? this is terrible. Hang the poachers on their horns.

      seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-04-11 01:52

      Only thing is we have to catch them first.............!

  • Gavin - 2012-04-10 11:03

    If it were up to me I'd kill the market for these horns by nuking the f'ing countries that buy the damn horns. Haven't you f'ing idiots heard of viagra ??????????????????????

  • Scouter - 2012-04-10 11:04

    I feel sick to the core - but what else can you expect from a section of society that places so little value on human life, let alone that of our defenceless and innocent wildlife? Some great wag once remarked "the more I get to know people, the more I love my dog" - or words to that effect

      LekkePerd - 2012-04-10 11:06

      So true, If you want loyalty- buy a dog!

      Jacqui - 2012-04-10 12:57

      Scouter I can't agree more, my two dogs are my best friends. Come to think of it the Chinese eat their pet dogs, so how much change do our Rhinos have?.

  • Shirley - 2012-04-10 11:05

    This is beyond heartbreaking! I dont know how but if mankind can invent the atom bomb and thousands of complicated inventions,put a man on the moon-PLEASE find some way,shape or form of saving these beasts! I hope the evil perp finds karma!!!!

  • Josias - 2012-04-10 11:10

    What is the government doing against Rhino poaching? All you hear about is only owners, having armed guards, no government input is heard of.

      Jacqui - 2012-04-10 12:59

      Josias, like with everything else the government is doing sweet nothing. They do not want to upset their Chinese and Vietnamese trading partners.

  • Josias - 2012-04-10 11:11

    What is the government doing against Rhino poaching? All you hear about is only owners, having armed guards, no government input is heard of.

  • marylyn.kelly - 2012-04-10 11:11

    I wish these bastards die a slow painful death while their family members stand beside them and can do nothing to help.

  • sherry.woods2 - 2012-04-10 11:14

    Only a concerted effort by all parties – wildlife organisations, environmental action groups and government departments (the ones relevant ito our wildlife preservation)– will have any effect in stopping this horrendous massacre of these animals. I ask: when will this process begin? Lots of talking, some action, to date, but nothing on a country-wide scale, working together on all levels, to stop this scourge. We must act and act fast. I pray we get this together before it's too late. RIP Big Bertha. Praying your little one survives this terrible ordeal.

  • adelec2 - 2012-04-10 11:14

    This is very sad. One thing we have to realise is that people in poverty will do anything for money and survival, even get involved in illegal poaching. *Poachers' testicles cure cancer..... HUNT THEM DOWN!!!!*

  • Belinda - 2012-04-10 11:15

    Heart Wrenching!!! I wish the same fate on the poachers, see how they like it?!

  • eugene.meyer1980 - 2012-04-10 11:18

    In recent studies they have found that the body parts of Vietnamese and Chinese people make the strongest muti, and can also cure AIDS. Spread the word people.

  • Arnold - 2012-04-10 11:22

    BASTARDS !!!!!!!

  • Olive - 2012-04-10 11:30

    I cannot understand the thumbs DOWN - are these people related to the poachers!!!!

      marylyn.kelly - 2012-04-10 11:47

      either that or they are just retards, no sorry that's an insult to a retard.

      Azande - 2012-04-10 11:57

      @Olive, we are not all normal here. The sooner you accept that reality the better for you. @marylyn, wont repeat your words in fear of insulting them. lol

  • lyn.duplessis - 2012-04-10 11:36

    Horrible story and I pray that the little one survives. PS. Legalising trade in horn WILL NOT stop the poaching - it hasn't stopped the Elephant poaching so why would it stop the Rhino poaching?

  • Roy - 2012-04-10 11:38

    Human beings are brutes. Not worth saving. By anything or anyone. The sooner we perish the better it will be for this world. And this coming from a passionate animal lover. I'm blinded by anger and also deeply heartbroken for the calf. Curse their souls or whatever is left of it. Curse them! My species shames me!

  • lskosana3 - 2012-04-10 11:39

    That's soo heartbreaking, just makes me imagine my own child doing that. Hate the Chinese for doing this to our country

  • Timothy - 2012-04-10 11:40

    Shows you just how greedy humanity can be. Shame man do these poachers have no soul.

      Nomputhumo - 2012-04-10 11:54

      It's only God can stop this in this earth if we beleave

      Nomputhumo - 2012-04-10 11:54

      It's only God can stop this in this earth if we beleave

      Azande - 2012-04-10 12:04

      Nomputhumo, God has given us all what’s necessary to curb this poaching endemic. We can’t wait for Him, He will slap us and say we are lazy bastards. It’s unfortunate that we still leaving the fight against these thugs only to the farmers. If we can hold hands against this, I’m sure it will be a good step stone for us to hold hands against all forms of evil that seeks to destroy our beautiful country.

      Shirley - 2012-04-10 12:41

      Azande: 100% correct!It starts with our children-moulding them into the kind of people who care for the future of the planet and ALL who live on it! Greed,stupid beliefs and plain human cruelty are the bottom line-then we say "humans" are the most intellegent species!

      Scouter - 2012-04-10 13:01

      @Azande - Spot on mate. If we want to introduce God into the equation then we should remember that man was appointed to be a 'good steward' of all creation which implies having to enforce its protection. We just don't have the backbone to do it properly/effectively.

  • kerry.tavares - 2012-04-10 11:41

    When will the government take this seriously and do something about it! This makes me sick!

  • sectioneightsolutions - 2012-04-10 11:43

    Walking patrols with already well trained men.... http://waynebisset.wordpress.com/2011/02/10/how-to-end-the-rhino-poaching/

  • Jeffrey - 2012-04-10 11:44

    Who the f*ck is putting thumbs down on this?

      Shirley - 2012-04-10 12:00

      Trolls!

      Jacqui - 2012-04-10 13:01

      Sick minds.

      Scouter - 2012-04-10 13:06

      The miscreants of society who have no respect for anything, least all themself.

      Jayson - 2012-04-10 13:30

      The little yellow belly bastards.

  • John - 2012-04-10 11:44

    To me this is muder, life sentence must be given

  • Sylvie - 2012-04-10 11:49

    I feel like crying each time I hear one of these stories...

  • Lindsay Jenkinson - 2012-04-10 11:50

    This made me cry. FFS! When will this stop! Pls people lets find a way to stop this! Its cruel and unnecessary!!!

  • Susan - 2012-04-10 11:52

    Chinese men have a serious problem. Maybe they should get more sleep..

      Nomputhumo - 2012-04-10 12:00

      You know what. This stupids are not beleaving in our lovely God, they do thing in the hand carse

  • Tumelo - 2012-04-10 11:54

    This is sick!

  • Deon - 2012-04-10 11:58

    I still think to stop the trade the answer is to dehorn the Rhinos in a humane way and give it away for free! It will break the black market! And I want to dish out the Rhino powder - lined with 90% laxatives!

      adelec2 - 2012-04-10 12:45

      laced with arsenic, if you ask me!

  • Jayson - 2012-04-10 12:00

    Can someone please tell us,,, is there any scientific proof that the Rhino horn enhances a persons sexuality?? If so, it most definitely does not justify the slaughtering of our Rhino. If not. Then I say the crux of the matter is. Supply on demand. The more these little yellow bellied bafoons buy the horns. The more the Rhinos will be slaughtered. I think theses numb skulls are suffering from little man syndrome.

      Azande - 2012-04-10 12:33

      @jayson, Eish, a piece of unfounded fable can be detrimental. Some sick people believed that if you have sex with a child you will be cured of your HIV. That resulted to horrifying rapes of our innocent children by insane, uneducated bastards. It’s a cruel world that we live in.

      Jayson - 2012-04-10 12:38

      @Azande. Agreed.

      Jacqui - 2012-04-10 13:04

      Jayson, no there isn't, neither is it a cure for anything. The Chinese use lots of animal parts in their medicines, while it has been proven over and over again that it has no medicinal value what so ever. But then they dry sea horses and eat them as a snack and snake blood goes down well also. So I have no hope that they will ever change.

  • natasha.wentink - 2012-04-10 12:00

    And the killing continues... :'( what are we on now for 2012? 160-odd Rhino dead already? And Rhino are such incredibly sensitive creatures, I really hope the team looking after this poor baby can help it survive...

      Jacqui - 2012-04-10 13:07

      It is estimated that in Africa more than a thousand have been killed lately. If it continues there won't be rhinos left in the wild after 2040 it is predicted. Fancy your grandchildren will never see these magnificent animals in the wild and probably not in zoos etc. either. I think we need help fro above.

  • Mary - 2012-04-10 12:13

    I am actually crying reading this, it is very sad. How can people be so cold and cruel. I think we should start a thing called, poach rhino poachers and put those pictures on the web and papers. Poach them by cutting off their private parts and let them bleed to death.

      seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-04-11 02:02

      @vumani - you deserve the same treatment as the Chinese as well as all the poachers - ffs you sicko!!!! Stay away from this forum in future please - godrink your arsenic muti please!

  • Azande - 2012-04-10 12:24

    Fellow citizens. Seeing that this rhino poaching endemic is far from over, I now humbly request a formal protestation by all who feels that "Enough is enough, our government has to more to curb this possible extinction of our beautiful nature", lets march to Minister of Environmental Affairs, Safety and Security, Police or Defence. Let the government know that we demand more assistance to be given to the rhino farmers.

      Shirley - 2012-04-10 12:43

      Azande: Would be there in a heartbeat-question is will they actually do anything?

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-10 12:51

      @Shirley, let's try and fail if we do havng done something. @Azande, good first step towards doing something. I'm in. Can you or somebody suggest how we can do this protest.

      Jacqui - 2012-04-10 13:09

      Shirley when we set our first footsteps on the road to liberation we were also facing a mountain. We conquered, so we can again.

      Gemma-Leigh - 2012-04-10 14:46

      @Vumani...are you colour blind or just plain stupid...whites are not the only ones upset by this...I see two definite black people in this comment alone. The difference between them and you...is that you're stupid and arrogant, whilst they possess the humanity you lack!!

  • vincent.surics - 2012-04-10 12:44

    In 2010 over 300 rhinos were slaughtered In 2011 over 440 rhinos were slaughtered In 2012 it will be well over 500 - I wish I'm wrong on this figure but so far it seems to be a rather conservative estimate. Just so sad, gruesome and mindless!!

  • colleen.mienie - 2012-04-10 12:45

    Hi - it is all good and well that you all have something to say...... What are YOU doing in your personal capacity to help out? Are you donating money? Volunteering (if you have the skill)? How about trying to make a difference in your OWN PERSONAL CAPACITY??? You can help by donating by SMS-ing "RHINO" to 40706 to donate R20.00 - check out their website and the "Rhino Initiative" or you can donate to Project Africa (www.projectafrica.com) - check out their website. OR you can EVEN Skydive for the RHinos to help towards financing - check out Project Africa website. And No, I do no work for any of these organisations - I decided to try and MAKE A DIFFERENCE in my OWN personal capacity. Good Luck

      Jacqui - 2012-04-10 13:12

      Colleen, same here, I do my bid. But I am planning to start writing to Vietnamese and Chinese English newspapers. I also do not buy anything from either country. A Facebook page denouncing them could also come in handy.

      vincent.surics - 2012-04-10 20:31

      I have donated ----------since then the situation just got worse----donating is just a small gesture and hasn't really had the desired effect. I will gladly donate if I know that my money is used to bring about the difference you talk about. Just donating is not good enough unless of course the money I donate is used to buy a bullet that will end up in the skull of a poacher, for e.g. Drastic measures for drastic times.......nothing less!!

  • Tamlyn - 2012-04-10 12:46

    Why wasn't anything done when the manager heard the shot? Come on ppl this has to be stopped - we can't allow this mass slaughter to continue! High alerts were sent out about the full moon \poachers moon\ we all know about it! We can surgically remove the horns of our rhinos in our parks to eliminate this from continuing, it is a way of protecting them, and cause less harm to them, I know some reserves have already done this :( Shocking!

  • Jacqui - 2012-04-10 12:51

    How about it. Let us blanket all Vietnamese and Chinese English edition newspapers with our complaints about them killing our Rhinos. If we keep this up daily, I am sure it will have an affect in the long run. We can also find the addresses of their Ministries of Foreign and Environmental affairs and write to them every day. Let's get involved.

  • glenyso2 - 2012-04-10 13:04

    If this doesnt make you sick, then there IS NO hope!

      vumani.d.tshabalala - 2012-04-10 14:12

      It makes me happy