This is believed to be the first such incident at a European zoo. The zoo says its staff is in shock. The suspects remain at large, and police are investigating.
In a shocking killing and heist that required careful planning and precise execution, Vince the white rhino was shot three times in the head and had his horn removed, likely with a chainsaw. Two other rhinos were unharmed, but possibly only because the poachers got spooked.
A kilo of horn, used in Asian medicines, goes for $54,000.
Source: Poachers Break Into French Zoo, Kill White Rhino And Steal His Horn : The Two-Way : NPR