Short Communication

Castration of a Black Rhinoceros Diceros Bicornis Minor

V de Vos, H. H Braack
Koedoe | Vol 23, No 1 | a646 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v23i1.646 | © 1980 V de Vos, H. H Braack | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 December 1980 | Published: 02 December 1980

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V de Vos, National Parks Board of Trustees, South Africa
H. H Braack, Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

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Abstract

A black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis minor) in the Addo Elephant National Park was castrated in order to prevent the possibility of an aotic inducing gene to be introduced into the Addo population. The classic castration technique was used. It was subsequently found that the rhino showed a drastic change in behaviour, and is at this stage predictably timid, which is not the case with his testis carrying compeers.

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