Flying rhinoceros

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This is a black rhinoceros being relocated by helicopter out of its home where poachers would likely kill it. Why? Black rhino horn is valuable as "medicine." From National Geographic:

The rhino airlifts were part of WWF's Black Rhino Range Expansion Project, which has moved nearly 120 of the animals to date. In the latest effort, 19 (tranquilized) rhinos were airlifted out of their original habitat (in South Africa's Eastern Cape) and driven to a new location in Limpopo Province, about 930 miles (1,500 kilometers) away.

"Rare Black Rhinos Airlifted to Safety"


    1. Owwwww use the sling!

      I was wondering about that too, but as the article states, “This new procedure is gentler on the darted rhino, because… [its] respiration is not as compromised as it can be in a net.”

      1. I initially read that as, “Its reputation is not as compromised” and I’m thinking “How much MORE damage could they do to the rhino’s street cred than by flying him around upside down by his feet??” *sigh*

      2. Well obviously I didn’t bother reading the article. Do you think I have time for that sort of thing? Nope, “Comment, and move on,” that’s what we were taught at the Academy.

  1. I hadn’t realized the World Wrestling Federation’s philanthropic interests were so diversified. :)

    (That’s okay, I remember where the door is…)

      1. Just grind up some fingernail clippings and call it ground rhino horn. Because they are the same goddamn thing.

    1. That’s a cage match I’d pay to see.  I’d prefer to see it, though, if they could find a way to cover Mr. Sandusky with rhino pheromones first.

  2. It resembles a scene from Fellini’s “And the Ship Sails On” where a rhino is suspended from ropes aboard ship, and that other film (was it Dolce Vita? I’m not sure) where the giant statue of Jesus is airlifted across Rome.

  3. I thought the advent of Viagra killed the market for rhino horn.  Anyone knowledgeable care to comment?

  4. In related news, there has been a series oh rhinoceros horn thefts in Vienna lately. Horns were stolen from an auction house and later from a taxidermist who had bought the horn at that very same auction house.

  5. Although desperate times call for desperate measures, that much weight on the animals joints and bones can’t be too good.  Hope in the future the animal rescuers have a chance to read up on methods of movement as recommended by Dr. Temple Grandin.

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