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Vince The Rhino Brutally Murdered By Poachers At French Zoo

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This isn't just inhumane; it's inhuman.

In the first known European case of poaching from a zoo, a rhinoceros named Vince was brutally murdered in his enclosure at Parc Zoologique de Thoiry's African Animal Park Reserve, near Paris.

Related: Beloved Hippo Gustavito Beaten To Death In El Salvador Zoo!

Poachers apparently broke into the zoo and shot the white rhino three times in the head before cutting off one of its horns with a chainsaw. The other horn was only partially cut, leading investigators to believe the criminals may have been interrupted.

In a Facebook statement, Thoiry gave details on the tragedy:

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Busch Gardens Flamingo Dead After Visitor Violently Attacks Her — In Front Of His Young Sons!

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This story is as disgusting as it is tragic.

In what's just the latest in a series of never-ending violence against zoo animals, Pinky the Flamingo from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay was put down on Tuesday after she was randomly attacked by a park visitor.

According to witnesses, Joseph Anthony Corrao, 45, allegedly reached over Pinky's fence, grabbed her by the neck, and forcefully threw her to the ground at 6:45 p.m. EST… for no apparent reason!

Related: World's Saddest Polar Bear Arturo Dies After 22 Years Of Torture

While the Chilean dancing flamingo did not die upon impact, park veterinarians had no choice but to euthanize her due to her injuries being too severe.

The park released a statement remembering Pinky shortly after her death, saying:

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Caught On Camera: Dad Of The Year Helps Little Boy Climb Into The Rhino Enclosure At Dublin Zoo!

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Regardless of how your day's going… you're doing better than this guy!

It's been just over two months since Harambe the Gorilla was killed after a child fell into his habitat at the Cincinnati Zoo, but unfortunately, people still haven't learned from the accident.

In fact, a father at the Dublin Zoo is currently under scrutiny for helping his kid climb into the park's rhino exhibit!

Related: World's Saddest Polar Bear Dies After 22 Years In Captivity

Apparently, the adventurous father wanted to take a good picture of his son on Saturday, so he helped the VERY YOUNG boy over the fence — despite obvious warning signs against such an act.

Srsly?? Doesn't he realize he's endangering his child AND the animals??

The zoo is "reviewing" how the child could have possibly climbed over the fence… but it's literally just a four foot wire fence with wood planks holding it together, so we think we've solved this one.

Who do U think is really at fault here??

[Image via Adriannasss/Twitter.]

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'World's Saddest Polar Bear' Arturo Dies After 22 Years In Unbearable Living Conditions

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A sad tale with a tragic end.

Arturo, often called "the world's saddest polar bear", has passed away after being trapped inside an unbearable Argentinian zoo for 22 years.

According to reports, the 30-year-old animal died at Mendoza Zoological Park on Sunday due to unknown circumstances… but surely the 100+°F South American heat didn't help the creature naturally found in the North Pole.

Arturo had been the subject of numerous petitions from animal rights activists — including public protest from Cher herself — but sadly, the zoo never seemed to care about his well-being.

Related: Celebrities React To Harambe The Gorilla's Death

In fact, Assiniboine Park Zoo in Canada tried to take the creature away from his captors, but Mendoza lacked even the basic medical information necessary to guarantee safe transport.

To give you an image of what he endured, the wild animal's enclosure only featured a 20-inch pool and solid concrete slabs… but things took an even more depressing turn in 2012 when Arturo's cellmate Pelusa died from cancer.

How many more animals need to die in order to teach the world to treat our furry friends better??

Rest in peace, Arturo.

[Image via Instagram.]

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