An endangered white rhino in the Thoiry Zoo in France was killed and its horn removed by poachers. Even though trading rhino horns has been internationally banned, some people care little that this magnificient beasts are rapidly approaching extinction as they continue to slaughter them for the mythological belief that the horns are an aphrodisiac.
A rhino has been shot dead by poachers at a zoo in France in what is believed to be the first such incident in Europe.
Keepers found Vince, a four-year-old white rhino, in his enclosure at Thoiry Zoo on Tuesday morning.
One of his horns had been hacked off with a chainsaw, police said.
The African rhino’s horn commands high prices on the black market, with about 100 killed every month in the wild.