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SOS Rhino : In the News : Archived News : April 2001 : Rhinoceros found shot and beheaded

Rhinoceros found shot and beheaded

Deutsche Presse-Agentur
April 19, 2001

KUALA LUMPUR - A female Sumatran rhinoceros was found shot and its head missing in the Kalabakan Forest Reserve in Sabah, about 900 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur, a news report said Wednesday.

There are only about 100 rhinos left in the jungles of Sabah, and the last poaching incident was some 15 years ago. The rhino, believed to be 12 years old, also had one of its legs chopped off.

Sabah Wildlife Department deputy director Laurentuus Ambu believed that the endangered animal was hunted for its horns, believed in Chinese traditional medicine to have medicinal value including as an aphrodisiac.

"I regret that this has happened," he said. "The Sumatran rhino population in Sabah is declining each year."



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