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Third Go! Rhino removed as vandals strike again in Southampton
A THIRD rhino has been removed from the trail through Southampton after yet another attack from vandals.
A firm favourite among rhino seekers, Seymour, has suffered a catalogue of attacks since the trail launched last month but this latest incident has proved to be the final straw.
He was found with his luminous hivisibility jacket ripped and trousers ripped apart and a graffiti tag on his hard hat, leaving Marwell Wildlife no other choice but to remove him from his position in Above Bar Street.
Having had to repair him on several occasions already, the tough decision was made because the constant repairs are proving too expensive, jeopardising the amount of money raised for charity when they go up for auction once the trail is finished.
As previously reported, Cosmos Rhino, who was in Watts Park and Not a Target, who was in Houndwell Park, were both permanently removed from the trail at the end of last month after thugs kicked holes into the sculptures.
But, due to the popularity of Seymour, which is sponsored by Balfour Beatty, he will find a new home in the safer location of the Go! Rhinos headquarters in the Marlands.
Once the trail ends on September 22 the rhinos will be auctioned off and the money raised will be split between Marwell’s conservation work, the Rose Road Association and Wessex Heartbeat’s HIGH 5 Appeal.
Kirstie Mathieson, Go! Rhinos project manager, said: “We are really disappointed that this just keeps happening.
“But because we know that Seymour was such a favourite amongst children on the trail, we will move him to our headquarters, so that they are not left disappointed.”
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