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Rhino Survives Poacher Attack In South Africa

Discussion in 'Wildlife & Nature Conservation' started by Blackduiker, 26 May 2015.

  1. Blackduiker

    Blackduiker Well-Known Member

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    Is it usual for poachers to use tranquillisers? I would have though that it was easier and cheaper to just use a bullet.
     
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    That's what they call, "The Nice Poacher!"
     
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    Maybe they didn't have the right firearms to kill the rhino? Taking down such a large animal isn't easy, after all. I'm just speculating here.
     
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    Its a lot quieter to tranquilise and quicker compared to the firearms needed to bring down such a beast, probably cheaper too. There is no sentiment with these poachers believe me.

    One white rhino every eight hours was killed within the last 12 months in S Africa alone.
     
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    in South Africa the rhino poachers typically do their hunting at night now because of the presence of guard patrols in the reserves. They use night-vision goggles and tranquiliser guns to try to avoid detection.
     
  7. TheMightyOrca

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    Yeah, I figured that was the case. Even with big guns, it's not easy to take down a rhino.