A zoo in the Czech Republic has started a process of removing the horns from its rhinos as a precaution against rhino poachers.
This precaution follows after the recent killing of a rhino at a zoo near Paris, France.
The attack in France was the first warning sign that poaching might be spreading beyond Africa’s borders. With many African countries adopting a no nonsense approach to poaching, it was perhaps just a matter of time before something like the Paris killing happened.
The process of removing a horn is completely pain free, and the horns will gradually grow back again. The removal of the horn also has no impact on the animal’s quality of life.
A 10-year old male called Pamir was the first to undergo the removal process, with the zoo’s 20 other rhinos expected to follow shortly after.