Mauled by a rhino, now she’ll skydive for them

2012-06-18 00:00

KIRSTEN Bond will demonstrate her bravery after a near death experience when she was mauled by a rhino, with a sponsored freefall at 3 000 metres in the name of saving rhinos.

The 36-year-old was severely mauled, tossed and smashed against a concrete wall by a rhino in September 2004 while working as a research technician at the game capture bomas in the Hlu­hluwe-Imfolozi Park.

She spent 54 days in intensive care in Richards Bay Hospital.

Her body was gored all over, and she was left with a deep scar on her left thigh. Two of her femurs were broken.

Bond also suffered a stroke because part of her brain was damaged.

“The orthopaedic surgeon I used to see would shake his head when he saw me. He was shocked that I’m standing or even walking.

“The doctors thought I would be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life.”

It took Bond five months to get on her feet and learn to talk again after the incident.

She hopes to raise at least R5 000 for rhino protection efforts.

Bond said she was passionate about conservation. She is involved in issuing hunting and exporting permits at Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.

She said she was “disgusted” with the rhino poaching situation in the country. This year 237 rhinos have already died, and last year 448 rhino were killed.

She said she felt she could contribute towards buying anti-poaching equipment to try to win the war against poachers.

To donate to her skydiving fundraising drive, visit http://kirsten.

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