Zoo rhinos protected

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

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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.”

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