A rhino had to be euthanised in the Kruger National Park after she was badly mutilated by poachers a day after a SA Air Force helicopter crashed in the Park claiming the lives of all five soldiers on board.
The SAAF helicopter was participating in a rhino anti-poaching operation on Saturday night when the accident happened. The cause of the accident is being investigated by the SA National Defence Force.
On Sunday, SANParks rangers heard two shots and reacted with the support of the SANParks helicopter. During a brief contact, one armed suspected poacher was arrested. A .375 rifle and silencer were recovered. A badly mutilated rhino cow was found alive close to the scene of the contact. The animal was bleeding profusely from having its horns, entire mouth, tongue, nose and eyes hacked off and had to be euthanised. The search for the alleged poacher's accomplice is continuing.
This brings the number of rhino poached in South Africa since the beginning of the year to 203....