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Poachers: Zoo Rhino Killed in Its Enclosure in France, Horn Sawed Off

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Two rhinos are seen at the Thoiry Zoo in Thoiry, France, on Aug. 1, 2002. (Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 08 Mar 2017 06:18 AM

Poachers broke into a French zoo Monday night, shot a white rhino in the head, and sawed off its horn before escaping.

The 5-year-old rhino named Vince was found dead Tuesday morning in the African enclosure of the Thoiry Zoo near Paris. He had been shot three times in the head and his larger horn had been sawed off, zoo director Thierry Duguet said, NBC News reported.

Vince’s second horn was partially sawed off but was still intact. Two other rhinos in the same enclosure were not harmed.

Vince came to the Thoiry Zoo in 2015 and was very popular with visitors.

“It’s extremely shocking,” Duguet said, according to The Guardian. “An act of such extreme violence has never happened before in Europe.”

The poachers got away with the rhino horn, and police are investigating the crime.

Rhino horns are illegal to sell, but go for about $42,000 on the black market, NBC News reported. The horns are used in traditional Asian medicine for a variety of ailments, and are even said to be an aphrodisiac.

Twitter users were outraged that poachers would break into a zoo to kill a rhino.

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