THIEVES who broke into Tring’s Natural History Museum at the weekend to steal prized rhino horns were foiled – because of a secret switch to a replica display.
Museum staff replaced the ivory horns on the rhino display with replicas made of resin just two months ago because of a spate of rhino horn thefts from museums in Britain and Europe.
The horns have a market value of £60,000 a kilo – twice the value of gold – because of a rise in demand in Far East countries for powdered rhino horn, which it was claimed used to cure ailments.
The security upgrade of the two horns – one a head and the other a whole specimen – at Tring duped the thieves into helping themselves to loot which was only worth about £50.
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