Another baby rhino arrived at Care for Wild Africa Rhino Sanctuary last weekend. Gunshots were heard near one of the gates to Kruger National Park on Saturday night and rangers found the carcass of a female rhino, butchered by poachers. They were not able to find her calf until the next day. By then she had been attacked by predators: Both her ears were ripped off and she suffered a leg fracture. She was brought to Care for Wild Africa Rhino Sanctuary, where she received urgent veterinary care. For the last few days Care for Wild manager Petronel Niewoudt and the team of ACE volunteers have been working around the clock to save the little rhino. She is only 3-4 weeks old, so still very young, and her injuries and trauma are significant. She has accepted being bottle-fed almost instantly though, which is the first big hurdle in helping her recover.
She is as yet unnamed – Everybody is holding their breath, hoping that her spirit – and appetite! – won’t flag and that she’ll pull through and recover. We are all keeping our fingers crossed for this little girl!
Update 28 April: We are happy to be able to report that the little rhino girl is doing well. The injuries to her ears and legs are substantial, but her wounds are healing well. She is also more settled around the team at Care for Wild Africa Rhino Sanctuary now, and she continues to feed well.