Rhino cow shot, dehorned in Otjozondjupa

25 Jan 2017 07:00am
WINDHOEK, 25 JAN (NAMPA) - Another White Rhinoceros was found dead and dehorned late Monday afternoon on a guest farm in the Otjozondjupa Region.
The name of the farm and owner is withheld for safety purposes.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Head of Media Relations, Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi on Tuesday confirmed the case to Nampa but could not disclose more information as investigations are ongoing.
According to one of the farmers in that area, Jaco Muller, the owner of the farm where the 20-year-old rhino cow was shot, killed and dehorned became suspicious after the calf was found wandering around without its mother.
“It is suspected that the cow was shot on Saturday,” Muller told Nampa in a telephonic interview on Tuesday.
He said a group of 14 people gathered on Sunday to search for the cow, only to discover her lifeless and dehorned carcass late Monday afternoon.
So far, no suspects have been apprehended.
This brings the total number of rhinos poached on private land since December to three after two were found dead in the Omaheke Region shortly before Christmas.
The three suspects in the latter case were apprehended on 29 December and were denied bail in the Gobabis Magistrate’s Court.
Gerson Kandjii, Justice Mona Domingo and Erwin Tjiteere were out on bail on two previous cases of suspected rhino poaching. Their case was postponed to 31 March.
In another case of alleged rhino poaching for horns, two Chinese men appeared on Monday in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court after being found with two rhino horns in their possession in Windhoek on Thursday. They were refused bail and will appear again 13 February.
In November last year, a Chinese man was arrested in South Africa after he was found
with 18 rhino horns worth N.dollars 6.6 million. It is suspected the horns were smuggled out of Namibia.