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Following a terrible poaching incident of two white rhinos in Rietvlei Nature Reserve in South Africa on the evening of Thursday, 26th May, members of the Metro Police, SAPS, Hawks, Stock Theft Unit and representatives from the DEA have been reported to be doing a brilliant job at recovering evidence at the crime scene.

One of the poached rhinos in Rietvlei Nature Reserve
One of the poached rhinos in Rietvlei Nature Reserve

The story was initially broken by OSCAP – Outraged SA Citizens against Poaching – in the wake of the tragic de-horning incident, and there have been streams of horrified shares across social media ever since.

Not only was one of the attacked rhinos pregnant, which means that three rhinos have actually been lost, but it has also come to light that some suspicious behaviour in the park had apparently been reported, but no further action taken. To prevent a similar situation, members of the public are being urged to report any suspicious activity in or around reserves to as many authorities as possible. If all else fails, Allison Thomson from OSCAP urges witnesses to report anything directly to the group so that they can ensure information is acted upon immediately.

One of the poached rhinos was almost at the end of her pregnancy
One of the poached rhinos was almost at the end of her pregnancy

According to sources at News24, South Africa’s Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, has condemned the poaching and stated she was hopeful that the suspects would be arrested. Until further notice, she has declared that the nature reserve should remain closed.

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