Mankind has struck again; this time his victim was a endangered Javan rhino in Viet Nam.
Local people first reported finding the body of a large mammal to National Park authorities on April 29. A forest patrol team was immediately deployed to the site where they confirmed the dead animal was a Javan rhino.
The rhino is suspected to have been killed by poachers after a scientific examination by WWF and national park authorities found the animal had been shot and the horn had been removed. Rhino horn is a highly valued commodity in the illegal wildlife trade, with the skin and feces used for alleged medicinal purposes.
Since there are fewer than 60 Javan rhinos left in the world, it shouldn’t take long for us to see them disappear as mankind continues to engage in this type of reckless activity.