Sunday, May 12, 2013

African poachers massacre 26 elephants after breaking into their protected sanctuary and slaughtering them for their tusks

An elephant lies maimed and dead by a pool of its own blood, one of at least 26 of the majestic creatures slaughtered for their ivory in Central African Republic.

Four calves were among the victims of the massacre, which was carried out by 17 members of the 'transitional government forces' armed with Kalashnikov rifles in Dzanga Bai, a World Heritage site known as the 'Village of Elephants'.

After their tusks were ripped from their carcasses, locals began hacking meat from the bones.