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Ingesting Antique Rhino Horn Could Be Deadly!
Rhino Horn Stolen from UK Museum Could Contain Arseni
31 Jul 11
In the latest European rhino horn robbery, thieves broke into Ipswich museum and ripped the horn from a greater one-horned rhinoceros exhibit.
The exhibit was named “Rosie the Rhino” in the 1960s.
However, if Rosie’s horn is destined to be ground into illegal Chinese medicine, not only will the patient derive zero medicinal benefits, but he or she could be in for a deadly surprise.
Museum manager Peter Berridge explained that the exhibit was preserved with a “cocktail of chemicals”.
The museum plans to replace Rosie’s horn, presumably with a synthetic material. Mr. Berridge noted in a BBC video that Rosie is very popular with children who visit the musem.