Rhino: dies from broken skull

2011-09-19 00:00

THE orphan rhino calf that was rescued after being trapped in the fork of a tree for at least eight hours on Wednesday, died early on Saturday morning.

Owner Neels van Rensburg said yesterday that while freeing the calf the rescuers noted that it had been slashed over the head and its nose was bleeding, but the extent of its injuries was not known because its head was swollen from being trapped.

Dr Louis Greef, a vet in Thabazimbi, said the calf drank milk, but kept turning in circles. He found the calf’s skull had been broken. “The poachers really mistreated the little animal,” Greef said.

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