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A rhino hunt for research

The rhinoceros is not dead.

The rhinoceros is not dead.

San Diego’s John Ireland today sent a photo of himself behind a great horned beast he shot from about 20 yards–with a tranquilizer dart, as part of a scientific expedition on Lalibela Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa. Hunters pay for the thrill of a hunt, and the money goes toward research.

“I’d never kill a rhino, so this was a real opportunity,” Ireland said. “The sedative takes seven to ten minutes to take effect, so there’s a little more danger involved than a normal rifle hunt. There was a vet in attendance to make sure the rhino would be OK. He took blood and DNA samples to check the animal’s health and for research. The best part of the hunt was watching the rhino get up and walk away.”

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