A group of at least five poachers stormed the Fundimvelo Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, assaulting staff at the facility and killing two calves.
In the wake of a devastating attack by a group of Poachers the left two rhino calves dead and staff members assaulted The Rhino Orphanage located in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa is scared that this may be just the first wave by poachers escalating their battle for Rhino Horns.
The armed poachers stormed the rehabilitation center, quickly disarming a security guard they proceeded to hold the staff hostage for several hours. One of the rhinos babies had its horns removed and died immediately.
The orphanage's Karen Trendler says the second rhino had to be euthanized due to the extent of its injuries.
Two rhinos that were days away from being moved to the next stage of their rehabilitation before their eventual release back into the wild.
Trendler's concerned the attack could be the beginning of a new trend in poaching incidents - where people are directly targeted decided that more security was needed just in case.
"As with any violent crime, the violence in the poaching has escalated. The amount of mutilation of the carcasses and aggression involved has amplified. And it is just deeply concerning.
Trendler was left to wonder was this just an isolated incident of were they the first unfortunate group to be hit this hard?"