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Baby Rhino Pictured ‘Smiling’ Following Attack By Poachers That He Survived

by : UNILAD on : 03 Aug 2015 14:50
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Finally, some sort-of-happy news from the animal kingdom.

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Well, it’s still a bit grim, but at least there’s a happy ending.

A baby rhino has been captured on camera, smiling as its mother recovers from a horrific attack by poachers.

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The baby rhino survived a vicious attack on its pregnant mother, and is so happy she’s making a recovery, he constantly ‘smiles’, as pictured at the Kariega Game Reserve in South Africa.

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The images were captured by Jacques Matthysen, who works at the reserve, following the attack.

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The poachers were after its mother’s horn, which is used in medicine in some Asian countries, and can fetch high prices.

In 2014 a massive 1,215 rhinos were killed by poachers in South Africa, one every eight hours. Charity Save the Rhino say deaths could overtake births between 2016-2018 if the killing continues at its current rate.

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Humans are pretty fucked up creatures.

Topics: News

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Daily Mail
  1. Daily Mail

    Baby rhino the poachers couldn't kill: Young animal that survived horrific attack on its pregnant mother is so happy it smiles as its mum recovers