South Africa: vets struggle to treat hurt rhinos

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Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 5:08 pm, Tue Mar 25, 2014.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - A high-value target survives two attempts on her life. After recovering from multiple gunshot wounds, she is secretly moved to an undisclosed location in hopes that the killers won't track her down again.

This isn't a Hollywood thriller about a hunted witness in a police protection program. It is the tale of Phila, one of a growing number of rhinoceroses that survive horrific injuries during attempts by poachers to hack off their horns. With her horns still intact, Phila is a rare survivor of a surge in rhino killings in South Africa, home to most of the world's rhinos.

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