Rare White Rhino Killed for Coveted Horn at French Zoo
A 4-year-old white rhinoceros who was inside an enclosure in a French zoo has been killed for his horn.
“Vince,” a young rhino at the Thoiry Zoo, was found shot in the head, and one large horn had been sawed off by a chainsaw, according to the Guardian. The animal’s second, smaller horn was cut but not fully removed, which suggests that the poachers left in a hurry, police told reporters.
This is the first known poaching incident of a rhinoceros at a zoo, said CeCe Sieffert, the deputy director of the International Rhino Foundation.