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SOS Rhino : In the News : Hikers have run-in with rhino

Hikers have run-in with rhino


07/05/2003 17:11 -NEWS 24 (SA)

Pietermaritzburg - Two brothers were injured on Tuesday when their hiking party was stormed by a bull rhino in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi park in KwaZulu-Natal, park officials reported.

Geoff Gaisford, spokesperson for KZN Wildlife, said the brothers, Mark and Sean Crozier, were part of a group of about eight hikers.

As the group was hiking near a river, accompanied by park rangers, they were unexpectedly charged by a black rhino bull.

The group scattered and the rangers fired warning shots, but the rhino was not deterred. It hit the Crozier brothers before the rangers brought it down, said Gaisford.

Mark appeared to be seriously injured and was taken to the Umhlanga Rocks hospital by helicopter. A doctor in Mtubatuba treated Sean for minor injuries and shock.

According to Gaisford, an examination of the carcass showed that the rhino was an old bull that was well-known to the rangers and had previously shown the typical shy behaviour of a black rhino.

Its sudden aggressiveness was probably caused by its having been driven from its area by a younger bull.

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