Another Southern White Rhino Bull shot and his front horn traumatically hacked away by poachers. Luckily, this Rhino survived the poaching ordeal, despite losing his horn and with it half of his face. This Rhino Bull has been making a fairly good recovery, however it seems that the Oxpecker birds are now irritating the wound
A study has suggested that the red-billed Oxpecker bird, often found eating the bugs and insects from the backs of big game animals such as Rhino, Giraffe and Buffalo, actually alerts their host to approaching humans, long before the large mammal would realise alone. Scientists speculate that the African bird has evolved this reaction to
Dr. Johan followed up on the healing of this Southern White Rhino poaching survivor. Although the wound has healed substantially, it appears that the Oxpecker birds are keeping the wound open and preventing it from healing fully. It was therefore decided to treat the wound with medical grade honey and cover it with leather, using
This subadult White Rhino female sustained a gunshot wound in a failed poaching attempt and was severely lame. She was treated with antibiotics and a cast, and a mere 2 months later, the fractured healed adequately for her to be released into the wild again. Over the last couple of years the STS veterinary team
New methods to heal animals The closure of large wounds in Elephants and Rhino is a substantial challenge for veterinarians. This is especially true if there is no underlying bone that may be used to fasten dressings like Elephant leather, which will protect the wound and keep it sealed for better healing. The STS vets
STS Veterinary unit in Mozambique was called to assess a mature pregnant white Rhino cow found in the South Africa – Mozambique Border with a severe limp and a deep wound potentially caused by a firearm. We quickly put together a rescue operation along with Sabie Game Park management and antipoaching team. The next morning after
Sadly, another Rhino has been shot with a heavy calibre rifle. This resulted in a bullet penetrating the frontlimb, and through the thorax. It eventually made an exit on the outside of the right frontlimb. Inexplicably it missed all vital structures. It just clipped the right radius and ulna. Miraculously, this Rhino cow survived a
The moon has had an influence on Mother Nature and has set a certain kind of rhythm her inhabitants have marched to since the beginning of time.
Standing in the corner of the boma, Seha instinctively knew these two legged creatures approaching him weren’t the same ones that attacked him so brutally a couple of weeks ago.
Pretoria – Nobody was paying attention to Pablo’s horn, worth thousands of dollars, or the ticks scuttling in the folds of skin between his hind legs.
Although South Africa saw a slight decline in poached rhinos during 2015, down by a mere 40 animals, 2015 was unfortunately the worst year on record for rhino in Africa.