Workers at a South African wildlife park have said they are “devastated” after poachers killed two rhinos and left another fighting for his life.
Sibuya Game Reserve released gruesome photos showing the aftermath of an attack by “ruthless” poachers, who attacked the animals for their horns.
Two white rhino cows were found dead, while a bull named Bingo suffered serious injuries after his horn was sawed off – and two young calves were left orphaned.
In a Facebook post, reserve owner Nick Fox said he was on patrol with an anti-poaching security unit when he discovered the rhino carcasses early on Thursday morning.
He described how police and vets had been working round the clock to investigate the crime and save the surviving rhino over two “shocking” days – and called for the authorities to boost their efforts against the poachers.
He wrote: “These poachers are professional highly resourced syndicates and if there is a genuine desire to stop this scourge we need a better and more specialized rhino unit.”
Wildlife vet Dr William Fowlds said Bingo was “fighting for his life” with facial injuries and serious internal leg injuries, while the two calves had been moved to Shamwari Game Reserve’s rhino rehabilitation enclosure, where specialist vets are caring for them.
There are about 20,000 southern white rhinos left in the world, most in South Africa.