The cruelty of rhino poachers caught on camera

2014-03-03 11:09
The injured rhino spotted by visitors in the Kruger National Park.

The injured rhino spotted by visitors in the Kruger National Park. (Frans Lombard)

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Skukuza – Large scale search operations have been underway in the Kruger National Park after visitors spotted a severely injured rhino near the Phabeni Gate on Friday.

SANParks confirmed the sighting of the animal, which was walking around with a badly mutilated face after its horn had evidently been hacked off.  

Search operations have not yielded any sign of the animal as yet.  

According to SANParks Acting Head of Communication, Reynold Thakhuli, there is no telling what the rhino's fate will be until it has been found and an assessment has been made, should it still be alive.

While it may seem unlikely that an animal with such severe injuries could survive, a young white rhino at the Kariega Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape offers a story of hope.  

Thandi survived a brutal poaching attack in 2012, despite being left for dead along with two other rhinos, after all three their horns had been hacked off.  

She was found alive by reserve rangers and nursed back to health over time.  

At the end of 2013, Kariega shared the good news that she was in excellent health and even expecting a calf
Read more on:    rhino poaching  |  travel  |  travel south africa

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