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Rhinoceros shot, killed for horn at French wildlife park

Published:Wednesday | March 8, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Rhinoceros Vince at the Thoiry zoo west of 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 poachers who stole the animal's ivory horn.

Thierry Duguet told the Associated Press that poachers broke into the Thoiry Zoo overnight and used a chainsaw to remove the horn from the rhino named Vince. Zookeepers discovered his carcass yesterday in the rhinoceros' enclosure.

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 on the black market because of a strong demand linked to the belief that the horns have aphrodisiac powers.