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February 10, 2012


A conservation group demonstrating an anti-poaching method for reporters in South Africa accidentally killed the rhinoceros they were using in the demonstration.

(Thanks to Lani)


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Maybe the Japanese "simulation" wasn't such a bad idea....

Rhino horn is believed to have "... magical or medicinal properties ... "

Don't the guys who buy rhino horn have internet? They'd learn the "magic" of vi@gra, if they did ...

Amen, funny man. I'd much rather see those two simulators laid out kicking in their costume than an elderly 'real' rhino guy.

I'd be glad to donate my toenail clippings to the cause.
It would work just as well.

This reminds me of when I showed a coworker what not to do and promptly deleted all the records in a table. He did learn what not to do.

Unfortunately, there is always mortality when using tranquilizers on wildlife, usually somewhere between two and ten percent. You have to guess the body weight to calculate the dosage, get the injection in the right spot, reposition the animal so it can't hurt itself when it awakens, avoid aspiration of saliva or vomit, etc.

Usually the media aren't around when things go wrong. If they were, "animal rights" fanatics that advocate injectable contraceptives and other drugs for wildlife might have second thoughts. It's expensive, manpower intensive, time-consuming, and sometimes ineffective even when it goes right.

That's probably why we make flu vaccinations optional, rather than just shooting darts at everybody in a crowd.

The people who need to be shot with contraceptive darts are the ones who buy rhino horn and bear bile and tiger nuggets and so on. I'd pay to watch.

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