A 4-year-old white rhinoceros who was inside an enclosure in a French zoo has been killed for his horn.

Thoiry Zoo director Thierry Duguet said poachers broke into the park overnight for the five-year-old white rhino, named Vince.

Zookeepers discovered the carcass in the rhinoceros enclosure on Tuesday.

Mr Duguet said police are investigating and the suspects are still at large.
The poachers forced a grill at the rear entrance to the zoo, near the rhinoceros enclosure.

They then broke through two further locked doors into the building containing three white rhino on Monday night.

According to Le Parisien newspaper, a rhinoceros horn can be sold for up to 40,000 euro on the black market due to strong demand linked to a belief that the horns have aphrodisiac powers.

The zoo announced the news on its Facebook page. It said the two other rhinos in the enclosure were unharmed.

It said the animal’s second horn had been partially cut “leaving us to think the criminals were disturbed or their equipment failed”.

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