On 16 May, the UK’s Daily Telegraph brought news of an amazing secret operation to dehorn hundreds of African rhinos.
They are all threatened by increased poaching during the pandemic.
Over the next two weeks, up to 400 black and white rhinos will have their horns removed to protect them from poachers. About 70 have been dehorned so far
The rhinos are dehorned with electric saws. They are sedated. The horns grow back in about 3 years.
The exact location in Africa is secret at the moment. There is an enormous risk to the team of vets and rangers and the last thing anyone wants is for poachers to find out their whereabouts, for the safety of all concerned, people and animals.
Rhino horn can trade for tens of thousands of pounds a kilo. It is used in medicine and as a status symbol.
This really is a last resort; because tourists have stopped visiting as the coronavirus brought lockdown into being, poachers have stepped up to do more poaching.
Never should we look back and say "I should have helpd them when I had the chance."
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