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Third rhino dies in Eastern Cape after poachers attack

Two females and one male rhino were targeted by poachers at the Sibuya Game Reserve.

Bingo the rhino being buried after he died from injuries sustained during a poaching attack. Picture: Sibuya Rhino Foundation.
Rhino Poaching,Sibuya Game Reserve
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CAPE TOWN - Some Eastern Cape wildlife experts say there’s nowhere to hide from the onslaught of poachers in the province.

In a recent incident, three white rhinos, two females and one male, were targeted by poachers this week.

The two females were found dead but the male was found alive despite severe injuries to his legs and having his horn sawn off. The male rhino Bingo has now also died.

Two calves were orphaned following the attack.

Sibuya Game Reserve’s Charlene Watson says the mutilated animals were discovered during anti-poaching patrols.

“We are heartbroken and devastated; they are part of our family. They have left little ones who have gone to a reserve at Shamwari,” says Watson.

Watson adds that with the highest number of white rhino living in the region, several parks have been targeted by poachers in recent years.

“We have been incredibly lucky till now. This is the first incident we have had. We have always had the best security measures that we can possibly have in place, as have the other reserves. But you can’t cover all of the reserve all of the time.”

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