Rhino recovering after poaching attack

2012-04-26 11:25

Johannesburg - Thandi, the Kariega Game Reserve rhino who survived a poaching attack on March 2, was recovering well, according to a report on Thursday.

Assistant reserve manager Jason Loest is watching over her as she fights for recovery, and veterinarian Dr William Fowlds has been treating the wound where the poachers hacked her horns off her face.

Dead tissue had been removed as well as broken bone fragments, maggots, mud and bacteria, reported the Herald Online.

Another rhino, Themba, initially survived the attack at the Eastern Cape reserve, but later died.

Loest said he found it inspiring to watch Thandi improve. "Tissue is regenerating. She just keeps fighting," he said.

Loest monitors Thandi and the other rhinos in Kariega every day and tracks her through the ankle bracelet and transponder she wears.

"It helps a great deal, but it still takes long to find her because she is mostly hiding in bushes," he said.

  • Nicole - 2012-04-26 12:17

    SA is well known for the 'Big 5' not 4! Please save our Rhinos!!!

  • zs5zk - 2012-04-26 12:24

    Great to hear Thandi the Rhino is improving but obviously with excruciating pain. It is actually a Miracle that she is still alive. BAN ALL HUNTING AND HUNTING PERMITS FOR 30 YEARS OR MORE and SHOOT TO KILL ALL ILLEGAL GUN CARRIERS IN PARKS WHERE THERE ARE RHINO PRESENT, but unfortunately we have OFFICIALS behind these KILLINGS, even a VETERINARIAN. I Surely hopes he gets a LIFE SENTENCE and is put in a open cell to be raped by the INMATES.

      Squeegee - 2012-04-26 12:30

      Are you saying that hunting and poaching are the same thing? Idiot.

      Ant - 2012-04-26 12:42

      zs5zk - I fully agree with you!

      philip.venter1 - 2012-04-26 13:13

      @Squeegee Most people can't comprehend the importance that hunting has in the efforts to stop poaching. They think the money that is needed to protect rhinos from poachers just falls from the air. They don't understand that's it's a necessary evil. Unfortunately there are only two options: kill a few to save many or ban the killing entirely and cause extinction.

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-26 13:30

      Unfortunately you have no clue mate. If you ban hunting there will be no conservation. No conservation= no wildlife. PERIOD!! As long as hunting ethics are practiced wildlife will be preserved!!! To say ethical hunting and poaching are the same is ridiculous!!

      Tevashnee - 2012-04-26 14:20

      you cannot use the words hunting and ethical in the same sentence. Hunting = killing what right do we have to kill perfectly healthy creatures,there is never a good enough reason. Hunting and poaching both kill helpless, defenceless creature for humans pleasure, only difference one i legal and the other not. Stop the murder, either way!!!

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-26 15:50

      Tevashnee. I sure hope you don't eat meat or fish? Otherwise you are a hypocrite!!

      Tevashnee - 2012-04-26 16:35

      @Dylan, of course i dont eat animals! As i said no reason for animals to be killed, especially not for my nourishment.

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-26 16:59

      Tevashnee. Fair enough but please explain your canine teeth? They certainly not for Brussel sprouts

      Bruce - 2012-04-29 13:17

      I see no reason for hunting at all. This animals do not get killed because somebody needs the meat to stay alive, all they want is hang a trophy on their wall, this is a disgusting practice. No animal is going to look better on the wall than roaming freely. Or they want the horn or some or other body part for superstitious reasons, which have no scientific benefit whatsoever.

  • valcooperRSA - 2012-04-26 12:50

    Long live Thandi big thank you to those that are taking care of her....

  • Alida - 2012-04-26 13:25

    Well done Thandi for fighting! Good luck and thank you Messrs. loest and Fowlds!

  • Amanda - 2012-04-26 14:01

    It is heartwarming to hear she is recovering. To all the the people who are watching over her and the other rhinos, take care and "get rid" of anybody who trespasses into their teritory.

  • Virginia - 2012-04-26 16:54

    There is no diff between hunting and poaching - you're still armed with a weapon and killing other innocent creatures because it satisfies your stupid perversion and you don't care at all about other creatures! Greedy money hungry savages!!!!!!

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