When that failed, he plundered the bar, pulled the synthetic rhino head from its mount on a wall and chopped off its horn.
“When we came to the guest house the next morning the rhino lay on its side dehorned,” said Susan Lottering, the bemused owner of the farm near Jeffreys Bay in the south of the country.
Nicknamed Barendina, the fibreglass model commemorated the first rhino brought to the reserve.
Today the farm has a budding breeding program for rhino and sable antelope.
Rhino horns are sought by international syndicates that sell them to the Asian traditional medicine market, where the substance is falsely believed to have healing properties.
The trade has sparked mass killings of the animals in South Africa.
At the end of March, the official rhino toll for the year was 150. Last year, a record 448 were poached