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Mick Fanning willing got attacked by a dog in South Africa. He’s been on safari with a group called WildArk, a conservation organization that he’s an ambassador for.

“We went to the South African Wildlife College and learnt about anti-poaching and the methods they use,” Fanning wrote. “One is tracker dogs and I played victim today.”


Fanning is in South Africa in preparation for the Corona J-Bay Open. The dog that attacked Fanning is an anti-poaching german shepherd, and without that suit, Fanning would have been in rough shape.

“No way would I do this without the suit on. Even through it I got bruised,” he said. “Incredible smart animals the dogs they use. Luckily no one was harmed (in) this video.”

The video, shot by Luke Rockhold, shows exactly how the dogs are used to frighten poachers away.

Poaching is a big business in South Africa, especially when it comes to rhinos. Up until about 2005, it was mostly kept in check, but it began to skyrocket. In 2008, the SA Department of Environmental Affairs realized that something had to be done and placed a moratorium on rhino horn sales, but according to WWF, 333 were killed in 2010, and nearly 500 rhinos were killed illegally in 2011.

Although there is a war being waged on poachers, they’re still killing animals illegally. Just a few months ago, the Department for Environmental Affairs released poaching statistics for 2016. Although there was a 10 percent decline since 2015, there were still 1,054 rhinos killed.

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