This pregnant Southern White Rhino was shot in the head in an attempted poaching incident to hack off her horns. The STS South Africa team was called in to immobilise and examine her.
Fortunately all vital structures were missed by the bullet but it remains lodged in the muscle of the neck area. To remove the projectile will actually cause more damage, so it was decided to flush and treat the wound, give her strong antibiotics and monitor her progress for the next 2 weeks.
We are grateful for small miracles, in that the bullet missed both the brain cavity and spinal cord, It could easily have gone the other way and we would have lost 2 animals, the mother and the baby she is carrying.