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South Africa sniffer dog intercepts 116kg of rhino horn

The haul, worth more than $1.3m (£1m), is one of the largest seized in South Africa in recent years.
Rhino horns in plasticImage copyrightSARS
Image caption The rhino horns were found wrapped up in plastic

South African authorities have seized 116kg (256 lbs) of illegal rhino horn being smuggled out of the country.

The haul of 36 horns and horn fragments, worth about $1.3m (£1m), is believed to be one of the biggest seized in the country in recent years.

Customs officials at OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg say it was sniffed out by Lizzy, a detector dog.

The horns were found tightly packed inside boxes, along with everyday items such as decorations and doormats.

The eight boxes were already ready to be shipped to Dubai, the South African Revenue Service (Sars) said in a statement.

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