29 Mar '12, 11am

This is us witnessing an extinction on Twitter

This is us witnessing an extinction on Twitter

One hundred and thirty-five endangered South African rhinos have been poached so far in 2012 . Demand for rhino horn in Asia, where superstitious beliefs have created a relentless trade, has increased rhino losses to an alarming level. In one area of Kruger wildlife park, 75 rhinos have been killed since January 1. One possible explanation for the increase is the claim in Vietnam that rhino horn cures cancer, a claim that has no significant evidence. Rhino horn is made mostly of keratin, the same protein found in human fingernails and toenails. There is no magic cure for cancer that has been found, and killing rhinos is a tragic waste of life. An Ohio University professor is studying rhino head anatomy to help determine humane ways of removing rhino horns from live rhinos to prevent poachers from doing so in a very destructive inhumane way. CT scans are done on the heads o...

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