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Windhoek - A rhino turned the tables on a suspected poacher in Namibia, charging and injuring the man while he was allegedly tracking it.

The Namibian newspaper reported last week that the incident happened in Etosha National Park after suspect Luteni Muharukua and other alleged poachers illegally entered the wildlife area in hopes of killing rhinos for their horns.

The newspaper says the rhino "appeared from nowhere" and quotes Simson Shilongo, a police officer, as saying the rhino inflicted a severe leg injury on Muharukua after he fell while fleeing.

Shilongo says the suspect's friends found refuge for him on a nearby mountain and police arrested him there on Oct. 15, a day after he was injured. Muharukua is being treated at a hospital under police guard.

AP