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    Caught the Bug TonyP's Avatar
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    Arthur the brave

    In my "wave" thread, I mentioned that I was a trustee at a rhino orphanage where we save baby rhino when their mothers have been poached. Here is a story about Arthur, one of the latest additions to the family.
    I thought it might be of interest to some of you.



    The old saying that it takes a village to raise a child is one that we can relate to, except that in this case, the child is a rhino calf, orphaned by poaching. This is a story that will take you from the depths of despair to a place of hope. Some of it is not an easy read but if you read it to the end your faith in humanity will be restored. In this story you will learn more about an organisation that is dedicated to saving orphaned rhinos; that organisation is called Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary.

    In the early hours of Sunday, the 20th May, the SANParks Section Ranger received a radio call from field rangers alerting him that a gunshot had been heard in the Skukuza section of the Kruger National Park. Helicopter support was deployed and soon after a deceased white rhino cow with a live calf was located. Both horns had been removed from the cow and the calf had serious injuries to his back and right foot. Veterinarian Peter Buss stabilized the calf before it was transported by helicopter to Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary.

    At approximately 12:50 Care for Wild received notice that an injured calf was being airlifted to them and that they should be ready within ten minutes.

    They were.

    The small yet dedicated team at Care for Wild are on standby 24/7 and have strict protocols and procedures in place so that they are always ready to receive a rhino calf. It is imperative that the team can focus on the animal without adding to the enormous stress and fear it is already under.

    This particular calf weighed in at just 80 kilograms. He was not dehydrated as he had drunk from his mother that same morning before she was killed. As he was still sedated, his wounds which were caused by a machete, were scrubbed cleaned and bandaged.

    He had a cut to his right front toenail which split the nail down to the nail-bed, and a 4-inch gash on his back that cut through cartilage very close to his spine. It was instinctive for him to try and stay close to his mother to protect her, and the poachers with no sympathy or hesitation whatsoever lashed out at him so that they could finish their heinous crime of taking his mother’s horn as quickly as possible.

    Petronel Nieuwoudt, the Founder of Care for Wild, put in an urgent call to Dr. Nolene du Plessis, (Plastic Surgeon) and explained the situation. Dr. du Plessis came out to the sanctuary immediately to stitch the deep wound in his back closed. Staff are keeping a close eye on the wounds and baby is receiving antibiotics and vitamin injections to keep him as healthy as possible.

    Just hours after his arrival and while still on the drip, he took his first bottle of milk! The jubilation felt by the staff was indescribable as this is a huge step in the extensive rehabilitation process. Since that first feed he has been fed 1 litre of milk every 2 hours. He is still being given pain killers and his temperature is taken on regular basis. The care that he is under means that the devoted staff are on duty for more hours per day than they sleep because this little one is not the only orphan they have to care for.

    In the days since his rescue his blindfold has been removed and he has once again felt the warm African sunshine on his skin. He has been given the regal and brave name of Arthur, a name that suits his determination and spirit to survive. He still calls for his mother, it is a heart wrenching sound and one that he should never have to make. Her death will affect him emotionally long after his physical wounds have healed. A rhino calf stays with his mother for up to three years and in that time, she teaches him everything he needs to know, from what to eat and how to keep himself safe. She will teach him how to behave when in the company of other rhino and he will learn everything necessary from her so that he has a good chance of growing into a strong adult. Who is going to teach him now?

    The poaching epidemic of rhino and other species is not a problem just for Africa. It is up to all of us as there are so many countries involved in one way or another. It is not false information to say that we could be looking at the extinction of many species within the next 50 years. The rhino could possibly be gone from the wild within 20, if we do not take urgent action together.

    Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary is the largest rhino sanctuary and orphanage in the world and it is the designated treatment and rehabilitation centre for orphaned rhino coming from the Kruger National Park, the source of the world’s largest remaining rhino population.

    Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary has one mission; to save the rhino species from extinction.
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    What a handsome boy, such great and wonderful work you all do. Bless you for carrying for those who have no voice!! Thank you for sharing and look forward to Arthur's journey!!

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    Caught the Bug MKBCE's Avatar
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    That's awesome and amazing work done by kind and caring individuals ! Thanks goes out to you and all the other people involved. Some people don't get it ...but we have to speak loudly for the Wild Places and as PatyWagon mentioned those who have no voice. Bless you and everyone that helps the ones that need it !

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    That’s sad....
    Great work you guys are doing, good to know there is some caring people left in this world.

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    That's a badass story!! Glad to know Arthur will be given a chance at life
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    Wow, amazing story. Sad that someone would kill an animal just for one horn.
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    Thanks for caring and working so hard!

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    Arthur the brave

    What you guys are doing is amazing. Thank you for sharing this story! It’s sad what people will do for something like a horn...

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    Awesome! Great work to you and your team.

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    Sad this happens...

    But good on you, and the team at care for wild rhino sanctuary for caring and being there for this little guy!

    My sister is a keeper at an endangered animal sanctuary as well. it's sad that we have to protect them from ourselves, but none the less, I'm always glad to see there are still good hearted, kind people in the world!

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