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Rhino shot dead at Paris zoo by poachers who cut horn off with chainsaw

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 19:56
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Vince the white rhino at Thoiry zoo. Four-year-old Vince was shot in the head three times in what shocked keepers describe as a 'massacre', on 7 March 2017. Photo:

By Sunita Patel-Carstairs, News Reporter
7 March 2017

(Sky News) – A rhino has been shot dead by poachers who broke into a zoo and sliced its horn off with a chainsaw.

Four-year-old Vince was found dead by one of his keepers at Thoiry zoo, near Paris, on Tuesday morning.

One or more attackers are believed to have broken into the zoo in the night.

The rhino was shot three times in the head, French investigators said.

Staff at the zoo are said to be “extremely shocked” and an investigation into the “massacre” is under way.

Vince’s second horn was partially cut, which the zoo said suggested either his attackers were disturbed or their chainsaw stopped working.

“This odious act was perpetrated despite the presence of five members of the zoological staff living on the spot and surveillance cameras,” the zoo wrote on its Facebook page.” […]

France’s environment minister Segolene Royal said: “The killing of a rhinoceros at Thoiry is criminal.

“It is time countries outlaw the trade in ivory and horn as I have done in France.” [more]

Rhino shot dead at Paris zoo by poachers who cut horn off with chainsaw


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  • Anonymous

    If this is true and I say that because we were tricked about the hippo story that came out last week in the media, this is what I would call eco or animal terrorism. Humanity has bottomed out with this horrific act! If they had cameras watching the horror unfold there, it was not enough. Now there need to be armed guards protecting the zoos. It is strange that the hippo incident occurred and then the crocodile being stoned to death, now this. When caught these freaks need to be shown tha same mercy they showed the animal….NONE! They just brought the animals one death closer to extinction and that needs to be treated as a capital offense in Paris..the world wants justice. The planet is being taken over by a new breed of sub human that cannot be allowed to walk among us or its creatures.
    RIP Vince, you did not deserve this.

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