Sunday, November 19, 2006

Rhinos: British soldiers kill white rhino

The BBC is among several news sites reporting that four British soldiers had no option but to shoot and kill a White Rhino that charged at them. The incident occurred in Laikipia, Kenya, just north of the capital Nairobi.
The four soldiers were confronted by the adult male after they got lost at night on an exercise in the bush.
Laikipia conservancy senior game warden Dickson Too said the soldiers had been "forced to shoot at it".

"We don't consider it a deliberate act of killing, they were just acting in self-defence," he said.
Full story at BBC News.

Other websites reporting this incident suggest that White Rhino numbers in Kenya have dwindled to about 170 animals.

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