White rhino killed for 1cm horn despite vets removing most of it to protect her

Bella, 20, was killed for just 1cm of horn (Picture: Ayesha Cantor/Caters)

A white rhino calf has been left orphaned after his mother was killed for just 1cm of horn.

Bella, 20, had recently had most of her horn cut off by a vet to try and prevent her becoming a target for poachers.

But it still wasn’t enough, and she was killed for the tiny amount of horn she still had left.

Her calf, Tank, was discovered on Saturday morning trying to befriend another mother and calf while calling out for his mother.

He was also injured, but this is more likely to be a result of the other mother pushing him away.

**GRAPHIC CONTENT** *MANDATORY BYLINE* Pic by Ayesha Cantor/Caters News - (Pictured: Twenty-year-old, Bella a White Rhino has been poached for a mere 1cm of horn in South Africa. Pic taken 29/06/2018) - Tragedy has blighted the world today as poachers killed a twenty-year-old White Rhino called Bella for 1 CENTIMETRE of horn. Bella was discovered at the Kragga Kamma Game Park in Eastern Cape, South Africa on Thursday (28th) evening. Poachers killed the rhino, who has mothered 4 calfs called Belita, Bembi, Champ and Tank with her latest, Tank now orphaned at the age of just 16-months-old. Bella had recently been dehorned to try and prevent such a devastating incident from happening. Tank was discovered on Saturday (30th) morning trying to befriend another mother and calf whilst calling out for his mother Bella. Tank was injured but this is likely to have resulted from being pushed away by the mother than being a result from poachers. Ayesha Cantor, who runs the park where Bella was a resident put out a heartfelt message on Facebook; Its just so unreal, for 1cm of horn - we cannot comprehend the waste of it all. We have always been acutely aware that these rhino are everyones rhino, that we are merely their custodians, this has been evident in your outpouring of emotions. Thank you dear friends, we know that you are as devastated by this as we are, so so sorry. ENDS
She had recently been dehorned to prevent it happening (Picture: Ayesha Cantor/Caters) – (Pictured:
*MANDATORY BYLINE* Pic by Ayesha Cantor/Caters News - (Pictured: Twenty-year-old, Bella a White Rhino has been poached for a mere 1cm of horn in South Africa. Here she is pictured with her calf Belita in 2008.) - Tragedy has blighted the world today as poachers killed a twenty-year-old White Rhino called Bella for 1 CENTIMETRE of horn. Bella was discovered at the Kragga Kamma Game Park in Eastern Cape, South Africa on Thursday (28th) evening. Poachers killed the rhino, who has mothered 4 calfs called Belita, Bembi, Champ and Tank with her latest, Tank now orphaned at the age of just 16-months-old. Bella had recently been dehorned to try and prevent such a devastating incident from happening. Tank was discovered on Saturday (30th) morning trying to befriend another mother and calf whilst calling out for his mother Bella. Tank was injured but this is likely to have resulted from being pushed away by the mother than being a result from poachers. Ayesha Cantor, who runs the park where Bella was a resident put out a heartfelt message on Facebook; Its just so unreal, for 1cm of horn - we cannot comprehend the waste of it all. We have always been acutely aware that these rhino are everyones rhino, that we are merely their custodians, this has been evident in your outpouring of emotions. Thank you dear friends, we know that you are as devastated by this as we are, so so sorry. ENDS
She left an orphaned calf (Picture: Ayesha Cantor/Caters)

Bella’s body was discovered at the Kragga Kamma Game Park in Eastern Cape, South Africa on Thursday evening.

She has mothered four calves called Belita, Bembi, Champ and Tank with her latest, Tank now orphaned at the age of just 16-months-old.

Ayesha Cantor, who runs the park where Bella was a resident, wrote on Facebook: ‘It’s just so unreal, for 1cm of horn – we cannot comprehend the waste of it all.

‘We have always been acutely aware that these rhinos are everyone’s rhinos, that we are merely their custodians. This has been evident in your outpouring of emotions.

‘Thank you dear friends, we know that you are as devastated by this as we are, so so sorry.’

SOURCE: metro