“This is poaching on a whole new level.”
The white rhino was shot in the head numerous times. When he fell to the ground, poachers throttled up a chainsaw and sliced off one of his horns.
While the rhino’s killing is disgusting enough, the worst part is where it happened — a zoo. Poachers broke into Parc Zoologique de Thoiry, a small zoo near Paris, France, and killed Vince, a 4-year-old white rhino who’s never lived a day in the wild.
The poachers seemingly tried to saw off Vince’s second horn, but stopped.
“The criminals were either disturbed or their equipment was faulty,” the zoo said in a press release published on Facebook. “Our complete staff is in a huge state of shock. A police investigation was launched early this morning.”
This is the first time poachers have murdered an animal in a European zoo, according to Julie Matondo, an education and communication officer for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).