On Thursday ‘The Care for Wild Africa Rhino Sanctuary’ embarked on an epic rescue of an orphaned baby rhino that had been shot by poachers after they killed her mum. It had been 8 days with no milk and a gun shot wound. We wanted to share this rescue with you.
The Care for Wild Africa Rhino Sanctuary was contacted last Friday regarding a rescue of an 8-month-old female calf from a reserve in the Mpumalanga region. Its mother was poached a few days before and only glimpses of the calf had been seen by the reserves anti-poaching unit who noticed that it had been shot in its front left leg.
A search and rescue team was deployed, however, due to heavy rain the spoor (tracks) of the rhino calf was washed away. The small calf had also run to a section of the reserve where there was extremely thick bush that hindered the ability of the pilots who were scouting from the air.
Nevertheless, extra trackers were called in from a neighbouring farm to help in the search. Incredibly, nearly 8 days after the poaching incident and with hope fading that the calf may not survive, the helicopter called to say they had spotted it.
Petronel, Veterinarian Dr Albertus Coetzee and the reserves anti-poaching unit immediately set out to find and sedate the calf. The orphaned rhino was then transported immediately to the Care for Wild Africa Rhino Sanctuary and is undergoing treatment for the bullet wound.
The Care for Wild Africa Rhino Sanctuary said “we would like to thank the following people for their dedication and unwavering support in this rescue mission; Richard Fair for flying the setting, Wayne Kenneth, Dr Albertus Coetzee, the neighbouring farm’s trackers, Willie and his team from the W.A. EN Genote Security Company and Marius Nel.”
If you would like to help by donating you can visit:www.careforwild.co.za/donate