Woman recovering after rhino attack

2012-08-23 14:31

Johannesburg - A woman who was attacked by a rhino cow on a farm outside Bela-Bela last week is recuperating at her Hartbeespoort Dam home, according to a report on Thursday.

Purette van Heerden, 42, an animal conservation enthusiast, had volunteered to help with the relocation of a rhino calf and her cow to a game reserve in Limpopo.

She was standing in a holding pen with her daughter, 21, watching farm employees dart the rhino cow and her calf, when another rhino charged at her, and repeatedly "rolled her around", Beeld reported.

The rhino cow stopped when her daughter screamed.

"I was able to actually pull myself upright, holding onto the rhino's horn," Van Heerden said.

She sustained multiple fractures to her pelvis, and later received emergency treatment in a Pretoria hospital.

"Animals are my passion, and when I'm well again, I'll continue to help them... the accident was entirely my fault - I was in their territory," she said.

  • gillian.sanderson - 2012-08-23 14:59

    wow - lucky lady!

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-08-23 15:08

    Not even the Rhino want's to move to Limpopo!!

  • fishycraig - 2012-08-23 15:11

    We need this rhino to get some poachers. Get well soon Purette.

  • shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-08-23 15:18

    ok - third Rhino story in as many days... Are the Rhinos now protesting against us too? *Its sarcasm for those who dont know how to laugh a little *

  • wilma.crous - 2012-08-23 17:09

    Purette knows these animals better than most & working with these animals always a risk & little Purette knows the risks. She eats, drinks & sleeps Rhinos!! She's so lucky to be alive!! We're so happy she is alive!! You go girl. After a clash with a Rhino, very little else can get you down!!!

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