Saturday, August 1, 2015

Tragic scene of the slaughtered animal family.
(Photo: Twitter)Move over Walter Palmer, there are new animal killers on the
block.
On the heels of a major outcry after the American dentist killed a well-known
lion named Cecil in Zimbabwe earlier this week, a group of elephants —
what appear to be a mother and her four babies — have been slaughtered
in Kenya’s Tsavo West National Park.
The dead animals were discovered Tuesday morning by park rangers on the
protected land.
They were found with their tusks "hacked" off, according to The Washington
Post.

"It’s just devastating," Paul Gathitu, a spokesman for Kenya
Wildlife Service told the Washington Post.
"It took us completely by surprise.
"
By Thursday, authorities had detained two alleged poachers and
found axes stained with fresh blood, a hack-saw, and more incriminating
evidence in the suspects’ homes.
Related: Revealed: Killer of Famed African Lion Cecil Is an American
DentistAccording to authorities, the poachers came via the border of Tanzania,
shot the elephants, messily severed their tusks, and escaped on motorcycles
Monday night.
Despite the publicity about Cecil the lion, poachers are actually a much
bigger threat, especially to elephants, than big game hunting.
In the last three years alone, poachers have slaughtered more than 100,000
elephants.
In fact, every year, poachers slaughter 35,000 of the estimated 500,000
African elephants, which is a kill rate faster than the elephants are able to
reproduce.
The elephants are targeted because the ivory from pachyderms’ tusks
can sell for up to $1,500 a pound on the black market, and is of particular
value in Asia.
 
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" On the heels of a major outcry after the American dentist killed a
well-known lion named Cecil in Zimbabwe earlier this week, a group of
elephants — what appear to be a mother and her four babies — have been
slaughtered in Kenya's Tsavo West National Park.
.
On the heels of a major outcry after the American dentist killed a well-known
lion named Cecil in Zimbabwe earlier this week, a group of elephants — what
appear to be a mother and her four babies — have been slaughtered in
Kenya's Tsavo West National Park.

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