The black rhino’s horn has long been seen as a highly prized item (selling for $300,000) for illegal poachers and a menacing weapon for predators.
As such, conservationists work with veterinarians to remove rhinos’ horns, and thus any financial incentive, in order to protect them from being killed by poachers.
Removing such a large fixture may seem a daunting task, but it does not hurt the animals.
At the center of one rhino’s horn, South Africa vets found an amazing discovery: a perfect heart shape.
The incredible pictures of the rhino’s horn were snapped by photographer Luc Hosten.
He said that rhino poaching is rife in South Africa, and there were rumors that the game park was going to be visited by poachers.