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.
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.’