Recently, a rhino turned the tables on a suspected poacher in Namibia, charging and injuring the man while he was allegedly tracking it.
This happened in Etosha National Park when suspect Luteni Muharukua and other alleged poachers illegally entered the wildlife area in hopes of killing rhinos for their horns.
The rhino “appeared from nowhere” and quoted Simson Shilongo, a police officer, as saying the rhino inflicted a severe leg injury on Muharukua after he fell while fleeing.
Police arrested the suspect when he and his friends found refuge on a nearby a day after he was injured, according to Shilongo. Muharukua was being treated under police guard at a hospital.
The Namibian posted an online cartoon showing a snarling rhino butting a man with a rifle who is already airborne from the blow. “The poacher, poached!” reads the caption.
In recent years, rhino poaching has increased in Namibia, which has one of Africa’s biggest populations of the critically endangered black rhino. Neighboring South Africa is home to most of the continent’s white rhino species.
Rhinos have been heavily poached for their horns in parts of Asia. Consumers believe rhino horn can cure illnesses if ingested in powder form, although there is no evidence that the horn, made of the same substance as human fingernails, has any medicinal value. Rhino horn is also seen as a symbol of status and wealth.
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