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‘Surreal pictures’ show Rhino being airlifted away from poachers

A rhino has appeared to fly as it is air-lifted out of the South African bush to a new location in an amazing set of photographs.

The surreal images show the 2,200-pound herbivore slung from a helicopter over stunning rivers and over rolling vegetation all whilst blindfolded.

Another picture shows the rhino floating through the clouds.

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Other shots show the critically endangered species fitted with a tracking device and being lowered to the ground.

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The spectacular images were taken at the Great Fish River Reserve, South Africa.

Professional wildlife and conservation photographer Pete Oxford, 58, from Torquay, Devon, was behind the lens.

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“I was living and working in a National Park in South Africa and was associated with documenting many animal captures and relocations,” Pete said.

“Based on this I was asked to document the capture and relocation of a new founder population of fifteen black rhino from a well-managed and protected reserve in South Africa to an undisclosed new location in the north of the country.

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Other shots from the collection, by Pete Oxford, show the endangered species being fitted with a tracking device and being lowered to the ground.

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‘Surreal pictures’ show Rhino being airlifted away from poachers

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