Dog that hunts rhino poachers awarded medal for bravery

Published Friday, Jan 8 2016, 18:00 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
A super brave dog has been awarded the ultimate medal for animal achievement, after his poacher-tracking skills led to more than 100 arrests.

Going by the slightly-terrifying name of K9 Killer, the incredible dog risks his life to save African rhinos from extinction.

K9 Killer was awarded a medal for his fight against rhino poachers


K9 Killer's work has led to 115 arrests

Now, in honour of his outstanding courage, he's been presented with the PDSA Gold Medal.

At just five-years-old, he has incredible tracking skills which have resulted in the arrest of 115 poachers in the last four years.

Comedian Ricky Gervais awarded him with the medal, which is recognised worldwide as the George Cross of the animal world.

The Belgian Malinois works with Kruger National Park's special operations team and his handler Amos Mzimba.

When a dead rhino is spotted, he is flown in by helicopter to try and find those responsible.

K9 Killer was presented the award by Ricky Gervais


Ricky Gervais presented K9 the award

He can be deployed several times a day and his job is so dangerous, him and his handler have both been fired at.

Amos Mzimba, said: "It is an honour to have Killer by my side. It means a lot that he has been recognised for his skills and assistance in tracking and arresting poachers. Thanks to him, we are arresting more poachers, but there is a lot more to be done if we are to save the rhino from extinction. Killer is invaluable in achieving that."

Animal rights activist Ricky Gervais added: "Killer does fantastic work in the Kruger National Park. Rhinos are wonderful creatures that are being killed in their hundreds by these poachers. Killer and his colleagues are fighting back. He's making a huge contribution to rhino protection in South Africa."

With the number of rhino killings increasing from 448 in 2011 to 1215 in 2014, Killer is an integral part of the fight against poaching.

What a brave boy!

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