After the tragic killing of a zoo rhino in France by poachers, zoos in Europe are considering de-horning their rhinos. Rhino horns are similar to human hair or nails – they can be cut and grow back without pain. The procedure takes about one hour.
photo: taken at my local zoo
From The Guardian:
The Dvur Kralove zoo, 70 miles north-east of Prague, has four southern white rhinos and 17 black ones, the largest group of its kind in Europe.
Director Přemysl Rabas said on Tuesday that it was a tough decision to saw off the animals’ horns.
But, he added: “The risk that the rhinos currently face, not only in the wild but even in zoos, is too high.
“The safety of the animals is our first concern. A de-horned rhino is definitely a better option than a dead rhino.”