The plants were found after a tip from the narcotics brigade

An Austrian animal handler has been detained after a marijuana plantation was discovered in the rhinoceros quarters at the Hellbronn zoo, near Salzburg.

The 59-year-old man had thirty marijuana plants forming part of a lucrative business from out of the zoo. The marijuana plantation remained unnoticed for quite a while because the carer was the only one who took care of the quarters.

The plants were found after a tip from the narcotics brigade. They had heard about the trade of soft drugs by a customer of the animal handler. The man who has worked at the zoo for years now, was fired. It is not known how long he grew marijuana in the residence of the rhinoceros.