A rhino has been shot passed by poachers during a zoo in France in what is believed to be a initial such occurrence in Europe.
Keepers found Vince, a four-year-old white rhino, in his enclosing during Thoiry Zoo on Tuesday morning.
One of his horns had been hacked off with a chainsaw, military said.
The African rhino’s horn commands high prices on a black market, with about 100 killed each month in a wild.
However, this is suspicion to be a initial time poachers have targeted a rhino vital in a European zoo.
Vince was shot 3 times in a conduct after poachers forced their approach into a zoo overnight. They afterwards took a horn – a kilo of that could fetch as most as $60,000 (£49,300).
But a poachers seem to have been uneasy as his second – partially sawn – horn was left behind.
The zoo’s dual other white rhinos, 37-year-old Gracie and five-year-old Bruno, “escaped a massacre”, a Thoiry Zoo revealed.
Bruno and Vince arrived during a zoo together in 2015. Vince, who was innate in a zoo in a Netherlands, was one of 250 rhinos in European zoos who were partial of a tact programme.
The white rhino is a charge success, carrying been brought from a corner of annihilation in a late 19th Century to a race of about 20,000 animals.
However, poaching has risen over a past few years, as direct from markets like Vietnam – where rhino horn is suspicion to have aphrodisiac properties – increases.
France outlawed a trade in ivory and horns final year.