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Czech zoo removes rhinos' horns after poaching in France

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 01:09

A Czech zoo has cut the horn off of its first rhinoceros, following the poaching of a rhino at a French zoo for its horn. Helena Williams reports.

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A way to fight back against poaching. This Czech zoo is removing the horns of its rhinoceros following the killing of a rare white rhino at a French zoo by poachers. The death sent shockwaves across Europe - believed to be the first time a rhino in captivity was attacked and killed on the continent. (SOUNDBITE) (Czech) DVUR KRALOVE ZOO DIRECTOR, PREMYSL RABAS, SAYING: "After the recent tragic events in France when the rhino was shot dead in the zoo, we are strengthening our security measures. Besides the cameras installed in each room where we breed the rhinos, we came up with one basic solution which is cutting the rhino horns." Pamir was the first to get the chop - put under with anesthesia it took just under an hour to saw his horn off. Staff at the zoo say the horns are made of material similar to people's hair and nails and that losing them won't affect their quality of life. A U.N. convention may have banned the global trade of horns but demand is still high - fetching tens of thousands of dollars on the black market. At this zoo all 21 rhinos will lose theirs.

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Czech zoo removes rhinos' horns after poaching in France

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 01:09