Two rhino die in Kruger Park

Two more rhinos have died in the Kruger National Park - but this time wildlife officials do not...

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Two more rhinos have died in the <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><place w:st="on"><placename w:st="on">Kruger<placetype w:st="on">National Park - but this time wildlife officials do not believe poachers are to blame.

An elderly bull and a younger male were found dead near the Talamati camp at the weekend, bringing to 114 the number of rhino that have died in the park this year alone.

A woman who drove past one of the carcasses on Monday this morning was convinced the animal had been poached.

“We have just seen a poached rhino on the side of the road right in the heart of the <place w:st="on"><placename w:st="on">Kruger<placetype w:st="on">National Park. The rhino has been dehorned and it is horrific,” she said.

Park officials did remove the horns from both animals to prevent poachers getting hold of them. But the park’s managing executive Abe Sibiya said they are convinced the older bull died after being involved in a fight, while they are unsure what killed the younger animal.

“The other one also has a wound. It’s a youngish bull which we doubt could have been involved in a fight but the horns are intact. We are going to follow up and see if there are traces of bullet or anything in the carcass,” said Sibiya.