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Can Social Media Save Two Rhinos Left For Dead by Poachers?

Can Social Media Save Two Rhinos Left For Dead by Poachers?

A record 448 endangered rhinos were poached for their horns in South Africa last year, and while 2012 is already on track to exceed that grim toll , conservationists have turned to the internet in hopes of reducing that figure by two. Earlier this month, the quiet tranquillity of South Africa's Kariega Game Reserve was shattered when poachers horrifically attacked three white rhinos under cover of darkness, hacking off their horns and leaving them to suffer a slow and painful death. While one of the animals succumbed to its wounds shortly after, the other two, named Thandi and Themba, somehow managed to survive the night. "I have never heard of three animals getting poached and two surviving at least the initial stages," said one reserve officer who arrived at the scene to help. "When I saw him, I though 'wow, he must be in such agony.'" Here's footage from the morning aft...

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