A suspected rhino poacher was reportedly shot and killed by Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife rangers in the Ndumo Game Reserve. Tragically, a female white rhino had already been butchered and her front horn hacked out. This was apparently the second rhino murdered at Ndumo within one week.
According to South Africa’s Times Live, the rangers positioned themselves near the dead rhino to see if the killers would return for the second horn. Later in the evening, a gang of five men approached the carcass.
"Waiting field rangers, acting according to established protocol, challenged the men by announcing who they were, and called on them to lay down their weapons."
One of the suspected poachers who was armed with a rifle raised his weapon and took aim at the rangers, who then fired a shot into the man’s leg.
Although an ambulance was summoned and first aid was administered, the suspect died. His four accomplices fled into the bush, and rangers confiscated a .375 caliber hunting rifle.
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