The African rhinoceros is an incredible creature whose ancestors can be traced back 30 million years, but sadly, rhinos are becoming closer and closer to extinction each year.
The number of rhinos being murdered by poachers has steadily increased since 2008, but thankfully there are heroes out there like the team at The Care for Wild Africa Rhino Sanctuary in South Africa, who save hundreds each year.
In the following video, their team of heroes and animal loving volunteers come together to help an 8-month-old female calf in the Mpumalanga region, whose mother was murdered just a few days earlier. The baby was found by an anti-poaching unit who noticed that it had been shot in its front left leg and called for help.
“A search and rescue team was deployed, however due to heavy rain the spoor (tracks) of the rhino calf was washed away. The small calf had also run to a section of the reserve where there was extremely thick bush that hindered the ability of the pilots who were scouting from the air,” Working With Rhinos
“Nevertheless, extra trackers were called in from a neighboring farm to help in the search. Incredibly, nearly 8 days after the poaching incident and with hope fading that the calf may not survive, the helicopter called to say they had spotted it. Petronel, Veterinarian Dr. Albertus Coetzee and the reserves anti-poaching unit immediately set out to find and sedate the calf. The orphaned rhino was then transported immediately to the Care for Wild Africa Rhino Sanctuary and is undergoing treatment for the bullet wound.”
Learn more about the Working with rhinos program here and watch the amazing rescue below:
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