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(MEDIA GENERAL) – A white rhino is breathing easier tonight, both figuratively and literally, after veterinarians stepped in to save him last weekend.
According to Aware Trust Zimbabwe, a veterinary conservation group, park rangers found a white rhino, Mark, with a tire stuck on his front horn. The tire was wedged in place so tightly that he couldn’t open his mouth to eat or drink.
Veterinarians with the group immediately dispatched to the area and, after sedating him with tranquilizers, were able to free the tire from his snout.
According to Aware Trust Zimbabwe, a drought has caused watering holes to recede and expose pollutants, such as “nets and tires,” to animals.