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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

07 of March 2017 15:41:00

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.[caption id="attachment_50930" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] 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[/caption]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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