Pregnant Rhino and Young Calf Killed For Their Horns
Poachers at Lewa Wildlife Refuge in Kenya killed a pregnant black rhino, a critically endangered species, early Sunday morning. Her two-year-old calf was also found dead in a different part of the reserve, The Times of South Africa reports.
"Poachers infiltrated Lewa's borders during the full moon on 17 November and killed Meluaya", a 17-year-old black rhino suspected to have been heavily pregnant and with a two-year-old calf, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy said in a statement. "Both horns were removed and the poachers got away with them."
Rhino horns are extremely valuable on the black market, mostly in China, where they are often ground up and used in traditional herbal medicines.