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Rhinoceros Shot, Killed for Horn at French Wildlife Park

Duguet says police are investigating and the suspects still are at large

Vince arrived at Thoiry from a Dutch zoo in March 2015, along with another white rhino called Bruno, photo: Domaine de Thoiry, via AP
3 weeks ago

PARIS – A zoo director says a five-year-old rhinoceros at the wildlife park he runs near Paris has been shot three times in the head by assailants who stole the animal’s horn.

Thierry Duguet told a news agency that poachers broke into the Thoiry Zoo overnight and used a chain saw to remove the horn from the rhino named Vince. Zookeepers discovered his carcass Tuesday in the rhinoceros’ enclosure.

This undated photo provided Tuesday March 7, 2017 by the Thoiry zoo shows the rhinoceros Vince, center, at the zoo, west of Paris. Photo: Domaine de Thoiry, via AP

Duguet says police are investigating and the suspects still are at large.

The Thoiry Zoo is famous for its safari park that can only be explored from inside a vehicle.

According to Le Parisien newspaper, a rhinoceros horn can be sold for up to 40,000 euros on the black market because of a strong demand linked to the belief that the horns have aphrodisiac powers.

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