A white rhinoceros was brutally shot three times in the head in a Paris zoo.
The zookeepers speculate that this act was carried out by multiple poachers as the Rhino’s horn was missing, most likely cut off by a chainsaw.
According to reports from The Independent, the zoo owners think that the incident occurred early in the morning.
The deceased rhinoceros was four years old and one of the zoo’s main attractions.
Unfortunately, no one saw the incident happening, and there was no security footage to identify the perpetrators.
The wildlife park’s guards found the animal dead early in the morning.
The Rhino’s name was Vince, and his horn was missing.
It looked like the poachers also tried to remove the second horn as it had quite a lot of cuts and scrapes.
The guards think that they either didn’t get enough time or their chainsaw broke before they could retrieve the other horn.
The deceased animal was born in a Dutch Zoo. The Thoiry Zoo in Paris, France, bought it in 2015, and he had been living there ever since.
Why Do Zookeepers Believe That Poachers Were Responsible?
If you look at all the signs, it’s hard to speculate anyone else performing this heinous act.
The fact that the Rhino’s large horn was missing is a clear indicator that a group of poachers was responsible for this.
In case you do not know, rhino horns are quite expensive. Their black market value is around $40,000.
Byers from China, in particular, pay poachers massive sums of money to acquire these horns.
These people believe that the horns possess aphrodisiac qualities.
The guards claimed that multiple poachers were responsible for the Rhino’s killing.
Breaking into a zoo and murdering a dangerous animal like a rhino is virtually impossible for a single person.
Most likely, there were two or three people involved in this act.
What Were The Guards Doing?
Quite a lot of people have been asking the same question.
Some people even doubt that the zoo’s security was in on this murder/heist, and took a cut from the share.
That said, there haven’t been any reports to suggest the involvement of the caretakers or guards.
But it is still strange how a group of people was able to evade armed security, shoot a massive animal thrice, cut its horn, and escape the zoo unnoticed.
In all likelihood, this was a planned theft performed by experts who have a history of poaching horns and other valuables.
The thieves probably studied the zoo, its surroundings, and the shift timing of its guards.
They either found a small opening to enter the zoo or hid somewhere until it closed.