EcoAlert: Airlifting Endangered Rhinos!

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The World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) airlifted 19 black rhinos out of the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, moving them 1500 kilometres north to the Limpopo province to put the rhinos out of range of poachers.

The rhinos, which can weigh between 800 and 1400 kilograms, were anesthetised and blindfolded before being lifted by their ankles with long straps connected to a helicopter. After a ten-minute flight, the rhinos are transferred to trucks, which transport them the rest of the journey.

The Daily Galaxy via WWF and newscientist.com

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