Rhino cow’s Horn removed a second time

2013-10-21 00:00

WORCESTER — The horn of a white rhino cow was removed for a second time on Saturday, this time by veterinarians. The horn had grown back in the two years since poachers hacked off most of it.

The removal formed part of a training session by the South African Veterinary Association to show veterinarians how to treat rhinos that had survived the trauma of having their noses partly hacked off.

Dr Gerhard Steenkamp and Johan Marais, two surgeons from the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Pretoria, at Onderstepoort, did the operation on Lady. Poachers had dehorned her along with a bull, Higgins, at the Fairy Glen game reserve near Worcester in December 2011.

Part of her horn, which had not been totally hacked out like that of Higgins, had started growing and for her own safety it was decided not just just saw off the new horn, but to surgically remove it. — Media 24.

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