Suspected poacher injured by charging rhino in Namibia's Etosha National Park

22 October 2017, 11:59

A suspected poacher was left injured after a rhino he was tracking suddenly appeared and charged at him.

Luteni Muharukua and other suspected poachers allegedly entered northern Namibia's Etosha National Park in an attempt to steal rhino horns, according to The Namibian newspaper.

Police said the rhino "appeared from nowhere" and severely injured Muharukua's leg after the suspect fell over.

Muharukua was reportedly taken to a nearby mountain by his accomplices and arrested by police a day later.

He was taken to hospital for treatment under police guard.

Hundreds of rhinos are killed illegally each year for their horns, which are used as status symbols and for traditional medicines.

Some can be sold on the black market for tens of thousands of pounds.

As a result all five species are threatened with extinction - with Sumatran and Javan rhinos both critically endangered and numbering in the dozens.

In March, poachers who broke into a zoo near Paris shot dead a rhino and sliced its horn off with a chainsaw.

Last year, Prince William hit out at poachers and traffickers as he expressed concern at the threat to the rhino population.