Reply To: Dehorning Rhinos

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Lucy Chimes
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Hi Lucy, The rhinos have to be sedated for the procedure and this seems to be the biggest risk of the whole thing as rhinos generally don’t respond that well to immobilisation agents although drug combinations are now significantly better to what they used to be! General consensus is that there is no pain associated with the procedure as long as it is carried out correctly because there are no nerves in the horn however I have yet to find a study that specifically assesses this. Hope this is helpful!

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