Two rhinoceroses are in critical condition in South Africa after they were dehorned in an attack by poachers, AFP
The bull and pregnant cow had their horns hacked off with a machete, according to officials from the Fairy Glen Private Game Reserve in Worcester, near Cape Town, which is helping with the animal rescue. The animals were also given a large amount of morphine before they were dehorned by the poachers, the news source reports.
The attack seems to be part of a trend in South Africa this year, according to the nation's national park board. Poachers have killed a record 405 rhinos since the start of 2011 - in 2007, only 13 killings were recorded.
The Florida-based International Rhino Federation has begun raising money to save the dwindling rhinoceros population in South Africa, according to Business Week
. Michael Knight, the head of park planning and development for the country's national parks department, recently announced that the funds would be used for education projects for park employees - like teaching them how to safeguard evidence at crime scenes at reserves and parks.
An anonymous donor kicked off the fundraising campaign with $25,000, the news source reports.