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SOS Rhino : In the News : Cornered Rhinos injure two in Kruger Park

Cornered Rhinos injure two in Kruger Park

  April 15, 2004, 17:17

Rhinoceros attacked hikers on a wilderness trail in the Kruger National Park today, injuring a tourist and a guide. According to Raymond Travers, a park spokesperson, a rhinoceros lifted up guide Elias Chauke with its horn in its charge before he was able to try to shoot at it. His colleague, Dumisani Zwane, hit the rhino as it passed him, making it drop Chauke.

Meanwhile another rhino charged at the group of five tourists, injuring one known only as Botha, from Vereeniging, in the buttocks and the back.

A doctor based at Skukuza flew to the scene in the eastern part of the reserve and treated the two injured men.

They were transferred to Nelspruit's Medi-Clinic where general manager Sarel van der Walt said they were in a state of shock but stable.

"No emergency operations were needed," he said.

Travers said that unknown to the party, the rhinoceroses had been trapped in an area bordered by a bend in a river and tried to charge their way out.

One of the tourists was an American on his first visit to South Africa, he said. - Sapa