Rhino dies 3 weeks after attack

2012-03-26 10:00

Port Elizabeth - A rhino bull mutilated by poachers over three weeks ago died on Sunday at the Kariega Nature Reserve in the Eastern Cape, Die Burger newspaper reported on Monday.

Themba, Xhosa for "hope", had been battling a gangrenous infection in one of his back legs since the attack on March 1.

He died at a watering hole on Sunday morning.

At the time of the attack, poachers administered an overdose of anaesthetic that resulted in the rhino collapsing onto his back leg, cutting off the blood supply, causing tissue death and a serious infection.

Themba, the reserve's breeding rhino, and a cow, Thandi, Xhosa for "courage", were both attacked and dehorned. Thandi was less severely injured.

"The whole Kariega team is devastated by Themba's suffering and death," Dr William Fowlds, a Grahamstown veterinary surgeon, was quoted as saying.

  • Jason - 2012-03-26 10:18

    Damn. Another one gone.

  • TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-03-26 10:32

    Put a price on their head. Bounty hunters can make a killing in this Country. Pun intended.

      christo.stone - 2012-03-26 10:45

      Agreed. I'd donate to that.

  • chuma.mhlebil - 2012-03-26 11:38

    Am really saddened by the death of Themba, I seriously hoped n prayed that he would get fine!

  • Gareth - 2012-03-26 11:48

    an overdose of anaesthetic--- that sounds familiar. And surely it can't be that easy to get your hands on.

  • Cindy - 2012-03-26 14:01

    Please watch and share this heartbreaking tribute to Themba and Dr Fowlds

      Monique - 2012-03-26 14:28

      Very sad that people like Dr Fowlds have to be put in a situation like this due to man's greed. Cannot be easy trying to save a rhino's life knowing that it is still going to be suffering for some time to come. May Themba rest in peace and Dr Fowlds find some comfort from the fact that his suffering is over.

      Cindy - 2012-03-26 14:46

      Quite agree Monique. The body language of the entire team really says it all; "why?". I really hope that Dr Fowlds does take some peace and comfort from the fact that the work he has done with Themba and Thandi has been pretty uncharted territory and that Thandi is looking better with each passing day... Just wish I could tell him that the rhino-poaching scourge would soon be a thing of the past!

  • mholthuysen - 2012-03-26 14:28

    It seems there is no more "Themba" in this country to protect our heritage which includes our wildlife.

  • WynandLSteyn - 2012-03-27 16:41

    Words can not describe the loathing in my heart for these creatures who call themselves human beings who inflict this kind of cruelty onto such magnificent animals, or any animals for that matter. From top to bottom, politician to poacher, EVERYONE involved in this.. you are THE MOST DESPICABLE PATHETIC LIFE FORMS ON THIS PLANET with NO right to the air you breath. Your very existence insults humanity. Even more so those of you who are in positions of power. To call you, sick cowardly dogs, would be more than you deserve because dogs have far more admirable qualities than you. You call yourself "Men". You are not even amoeba. You are lower. I would give more credit to a grain of dust.

  • CoronaSherona - 2012-03-28 01:40

    May the same fate fall on the poachers. You vile savages.

  • rouan.kritzinger - 2012-04-04 09:19

    Lets "Themba" the bastards get a severe illness and starve to death while worms and crap eat them alive from the inside so that they would cut themselves to death

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