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Sat May 23 06:15:17 SAST 2015

14 rhinos de-horned in two provinces

Sapa | 04 November, 2012 12:02
A rhino and her calf. File photo.
Image by: Dan Kitwood / Getty Images

Fourteen rhino have been found de-horned in two provinces since Thursday, police said on Sunday.

Three of them had been killed.

Eleven of the rhino were found at the Hartzhoogte game lodge in Amalia near Schweizer-Reneke in the North West, Capt Paul Ramaloko said in a statement.

The game farmer found the first carcass on Thursday after he followed a trail of blood. Following the discovery, the farmer searched his farm and found 10 de-horned rhino, nine of them still alive.

The two dead rhino are believed to have been killed almost a month ago.

The nine surviving rhino were taken to a place of safety. The estimated loss to the game farmer was about R5 million.

In the Eastern Cape three rhino were found de-horned at a game farm near Kenton-on-Sea.

"A driver was taking tourists on a game drive when he noticed three rhino in distress," Ramaloko said.

The driver called the police and a veterinarian.

"When they arrived at the scene, the police noticed that one of the three rhino was dead. Two rhino were in a critical condition," Ramaloko said.

The rhinos had been darted before their horns were removed.

The two wounded rhino were being treated. Police were investigating.

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