Drugged rhino's horn hacked off
Poachers in South Africa darted a rhino with a tranquilizer and then hacked off its horns while it was sedated, leaving the animal with a horrific wound covering much of its face. A couple of days later, staff on a wildlife reserve found the grievously injured rhino - alive.
Last week, veterinarians operated on the 4-year-old female, a rare survivor of an increasing wave of attacks by poachers who killed more than 1,200 rhinos in South Africa last year. The wound measured 50 by 28cms.