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A white rhino has been killed for less than a centimeter of horn in South Africa. Bella, who was mother to four, lived at the Kragga Kamma Game Park in Eastern Cape, South Africa. 20-year-old Bella was found in Kragga Kamma Game Park, South Africa, where she lived with her young calf.
[She, and other rhinos in the park, had been dehorned only a week before as a preventative measure against the rampant poachers in South Africa. Tank, the calf, is just 16 months old and still dependent on a mother’s milk. He was found wandering near the body], mentions IFLScience.
“Like all rhino owners, we knew that it was simply a matter of when …” Kragga Kamma said in a post on Facebook announcing the news on Saturday. “[But] it’s beyond comprehension that she would be killed for a mere 1cm of horn…”
Keepers from the Park have said white rhino youngest, a male called Tank, is now orphaned and was trying to befriend another mum following his own mum’s death. They say that Tank was also injured but keepers say his injuries are likely to have been from Bella pushing him away to safety, rather than from the poachers.
“You need the full array of security measures, day and night patrols, listening and observation posts, aerial surveillance, informer networks,” Cathy Dean, chief executive of Save the Rhino said. “Even then, while there’s still demand for illegal horn, rhinos’ lives are at risk.”
In a post on the Kragga Kamma Game Park site, they said: “Going through our collection of photo’s to put a tribute together, I’m reminded again of just what a magnificent rhino she was. An incredible productive and capable mom, there are hardly any images where she does not have a calf at her side”.