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Rhino survives brutal attack by poachers

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posted on Jun, 29 2010 @ 04:53 AM
I felt so sick reading this article. It is one thing to kill a rhino and then violate its body stealing the horns, but it is quite another thing to leave it to suffer from devastating wounds.

Helicopter poachers have struck again in KwaZulu-Natal, slashing the horns off a heavily drugged white rhino with a chainsaw and then leaving the animal to die.

But miraculously, the rhino survived, despite horrific injuries to its skull and nasal cavity.

It appears that the poachers may also have captured the cow's month-old calf and taken it away in a helicopter.

A wildlife investigator said the wounds to the cow were comparable to slashing the nose off a person.

The poachers appeared to have removed both horns with a single swipe of a chainsaw. Instead of cutting away the horns at the base, the blade had cut deeply into the animal's skull.


The poachers are quite sophisticated, using the scheduled veterinary drug M99 and a helicopter to perpetrate this horrific crime.

posted on Jun, 29 2010 @ 06:27 AM
No comment.

Thanks for sharing ...

just ... *sigh*

posted on Jun, 29 2010 @ 07:11 AM
reply to post by harryhaller

If only we could convince these freaks that consume rhino horn that Viagra does the job better, and costs less.

posted on Jun, 29 2010 @ 06:53 PM

What I would love to do to them if I caught them!!

posted on Jun, 29 2010 @ 07:00 PM
reply to post by deltaalphanovember

I saw the thread title and at first did'nt even want to look but I felt I had to. Makes me sick there is still a market for crap like this. Rhino horns,Elephant tusks,Tiger genitals. Flagged it because this is important.

posted on Jun, 29 2010 @ 07:32 PM
People like this ... poachers ... should be shot on sight and buried in the wild. No trial. No jury. No appeal. Give me immunity from prosecution, a high powered .50CAL sniper rifle, a bush-fit Jeep Wrangler, enough pay to cover my expenses, and I promise I'll make it my life's goal to end them.

This is just completely sad.

posted on Jun, 30 2010 @ 12:41 AM
Oh, dear. The least they could have done was kill it after all the emotional and psychical scarring. Isn't it illegal to do that there? Or is it utterly legal, I never really concerned myself with the matter.

posted on Jun, 30 2010 @ 03:08 AM
I read this yesterday but just couldn't find the words, then or now, to say exactly how I feel about this or how the people that did this should be treated, if I did say what I think I would probably be banned from this site forever.
And "NO" it is definitely not "utterly legal" to commit this sort of crime In South Africa, Namibia or, I think, any part of Africa.
This is a disgrace and everything should be done to stop this sort of bulls@#T happening. We are not owner/rulers of this planet, we are just temporary guardians and if there is going to be anything left to pass on to future generations this kind of crap needs to stop and stop now!
The people who do this sort of thing of disgusting and the lowest of the low.

posted on Jun, 30 2010 @ 04:37 AM
Well, hurting animals for measly parts might explain why Africa and its people will continue to suffer in poverty and starvation because of these poachers.

Again I feel more sorry for those ANIMALS without opposable thumbs.

posted on Jun, 30 2010 @ 07:07 AM
No, we shouldn't just kill the poachers, chop off their hands, their feet AND their noses then leave them to rot the way they left this poor creature.
I wanted to add something about their children but didn't because I don't believe that the sins of the father should be paid for by the children but....!

ps. The reason I am adding to this thread again is to bring it back, people need to read about this and respond!

posted on Jun, 30 2010 @ 07:38 AM
I always figured the mystical powers these people attributed to such things as tusks, horns and big cat genitalia were so attributed because of the immense difficulty at the time of the origin of these beliefs to acquire the objects in question.

If you had to kill a tiger with a sharp stick I probably would also buy into the belief that the tigers gentiles would grant me some super power.

But when it's taken with helicopters, chainsaws and tranquilizers resulting in an animal left to die a slow and painful death it kind of takes some of the magic away.

Obviously the consumers of such products arent terribly bright. They made one connection a long time ago regarding the ability and skill to take down such an animal with primitive tactics and weaponry to the physical ability and prowess of the hunter but fail to make the same connection in the modern era.


posted on Jun, 30 2010 @ 08:34 AM
reply to post by pikypiky

Unfortunately, the main market is Asia. Here is somme of the main reasons for Rhino poaching:

Although rhino horn has no medicinal effects on humans, superstitions about rhino horn persist in southeast and east Asia, where rhino horn is unfortunately believed to be a "remedy" for various ailments, such as fever and pain. The cultural myths surrounding rhino horn are why rhinos are slaughtered illegally - and why wild rhino populations in Africa and Asia are at risk of extinction.



With an overall population of only about 3600 animals spread throughout all of Africa, the black rhinoceros is far from safe from extinction. Between 2000 and 2005 the trade in illegal rhino horn increased significantly. Long used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for treating high fevers, rhinoceros horn has also been carved into ornamental cups, bowls, and daggers. In the meantime, efforts to destroy stockpiles of rhinoceros horn have been defeated. Destruction of the stockpiles would make sales of poached rhino horn much more difficult since there would be no ‘legal’ stock with which to mix the poached specimens.


The extremely high demand for these horns has lead to poachers willing to take extreme risks to procure them because the reward is very high for people who are literally starving to death.

Some reserves actually de-horn their Rhino's humanely (if done properly, it is similiar to cutting your nails) so that they become less of a target.

posted on Jun, 30 2010 @ 08:40 AM
That is really sad. The things people do just for money. Frankly, I wouldn't kill the poachers though.

I would catch them, take their helicopters, find a nice big pride of lions, and throw their ass out. Let nature take care of them.

posted on Jun, 30 2010 @ 08:44 AM
reply to post by deltaalphanovember

And people wonder why you get activists who use violence!!!


Thanks for sharing

posted on Jun, 30 2010 @ 08:50 AM
Does one evil befit the other, like if I took a chain saw and cut off the nose of the person who did this.
The bad man kills the good man the good men kill the bad man, yea sounds about right, V is mine

posted on Jun, 30 2010 @ 08:57 AM
reply to post by DerekJR321

I like the way you think!
Or as my mother would have said "Give that man a fridge"
Save the Rhino, Feed the poachers to the Lions!

posted on Jun, 30 2010 @ 09:04 AM
reply to post by PuterMan

You and me both, mate!

Take turns holding and cutting. See how they fancy it!

posted on Jul, 1 2010 @ 09:27 AM

I am going to post a pic of a rhino with it's horn removed. It is very graphic and disturbing.

But, we need to make people aware - DON'T buy ivory or rhino horn or products that encourage poaching.

posted on Jul, 1 2010 @ 09:28 AM
Ok here it is ... if it makes you feel sick, then you are on my side in this war.

posted on Jul, 2 2010 @ 03:16 AM
How can anybody even contemplate doing something like that?
I didn't want to look at the picture as I knew it would be upsetting but there are no words to describe how I feel now.
Now I am even more convinced that these people that commit such crimes against these creatures should pay and pay dearly, in pain for causing such pain.
An eye for an eye!
Disgusting, death is much too easy for these people! They must feel the pain!

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