Dog to track rhino poachers

2012-07-23 08:31

Johannesburg - Russell, a Belgian shepherd dog, is the Pilanesberg Nature Reserve's newest weapon against rhino poachers.

Beeld newspaper reported on Monday that Russell and his handler walked around the Pilanesberg Nature Reserve in the North West on Sunday - the dog's first day on the job.

He "graduated" from Mechem in Centurion two weeks ago, a department in Denel which trains sniffer dogs.

Russell's brief is to track down rhino poachers.

"It takes 36 hours before a person's smell disappears from a scene. When we hear gunshots or suspect that there are poachers in the reserve, Russell will track them down easily," said his handler, who did not want to be named for safety reasons.

A total of 281 rhinos have been poached this year, according to numbers released by the environmental affairs department earlier this month.

SABC radio news reported on Monday that another rhino had been killed on a game farm in Hartbeesfontein in the North West.

  • martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-23 08:52

    russel, very apt name, ( shoot a rhino, run, run, hear a "russel" and be shot dead or arrested)

  • tednhet - 2012-07-23 09:11

    You go Russel.Attack and destroy.

  • Lungisa Nhlakanipho Zondi - 2012-07-23 09:52

    Just one dog? Anyway it is good that rhinos are fought for but who is fighting for the unborn babies that killed everyday in South Africa?

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-23 10:48

      those unborn babies are from a species tat is far from extinction, the rhino are more important than humans at this point.

      jeroen.kelderman - 2012-07-23 11:19

      Idiot, abortions you mean???? honestly who cares, there are to many humans on earth as it is. look at the rate of unemployment in south africa, more unwanted babies.......more unemployment

      fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-07-23 15:39

      We fought and lost on that one - one of the niceties of democracy hey? PLEASE keep Russel under watch 24/7 as these goons will try to take him out

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