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SA game farm dehorns 10 rhino

26 October 2011, 16:20 Riaan Marais, News24

Port Elizabeth - A group of concerned nature lovers gathered in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday to save 10 rhino from possible poaching.

“Our rhino are always in danger. Every day that we wait, we create an opportunity for poachers to attack our rhino,” said Johan Lottering, owner of the Lombardini Game Farm near Jeffreys Bay.

“We recently received tips that poachers might be eyeing our reserve. That was why we decided to rather dehorn our rhino than to see them killed.”

The rhino were sedated with a strong sedative, then blindfolded while both their horns were sawn off with a chainsaw.

“The horns will remain our property but will be stored and kept in a safe away from our reserve,” said Lottering.

Ferdi Venter, the manager of the reserve, expressed regret that the rhino’s horns - which grew back at about 12cm per year - had to be removed, but he was also relieved.

“Every time I hear a helicopter close by, I become worried. It is sad that our rhino are dehorned but they are safer now and we can worry less.”

- News24


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