Life after near-death

2008-05-16 00:00

“I feel like I’ve been swimming underwater for a long time and I’m finally coming up to the surface,” says Kirsten Bond.

Bond was in charge of monitoring the black and white rhino hourly and getting the primary dung sample from them. “This meant initially sticking my hand up the rhino’s bum — while wearing a glove obviously — to get a dung sample when they were captured and still sedated. Dung samples were then frozen and sent to the San Diego Zoo and analysed for stress hormones,” she explains.

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