Video: Vets save rhino with tire stuck holding his muzzle shut

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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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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