Rhino calf healing well after axe attack

2013-02-08 22:03
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Johannesburg - An injured, 2-month-old white rhino orphan has healed far beyond expectations, the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s (EWT) rhino orphan response project said on Friday.

"The calf was found in a terrible condition. She had obviously tried to return to her mother while the poachers were removing her horn and they slashed at her face with a panga and an axe repeatedly in order to chase her away," EWT said in a statement.

"The calf survived the brutal attack, but was left with 18 very deep lacerations across her face, one which cut right through her horn and sinuses and another which penetrated her skull."

The calf, named Ntombi, was rescued on 8 January, in an area which could not be disclosed for security reasons, EWT said.

Rhino rehabilitation specialist Karen Trendler said Ntombi still had moments of panic, but was content most of the time.

"Ntombi’s recovery is undoubtedly a symbol of hope for the rhino poaching crisis in South Africa. With concerted, collaborative effort we can and will turn the tide," she said.

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