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Rescuers Track Down And Rescue Rhino Calf Shot By Poachers Who Killed Its Mother

Written by Carly Walker
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When this mother rhino was poached, her baby calf was left behind. The Care for Wild Africa Rhino Sanctuary was contacted to find and rescue the 8 month old calf from a reserve in the Mpumalanga region.

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The anti-poaching unit had noticed the calf had been shot, but they had lost her when severe rain storms washed away any prints left by the calf. The rescue team set off to find the calf, and they eventually spotted her standing alone in a brush nearly 8 days after she was shot, surprisingly still alive.

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The calf had been shot in its front left leg by the poachers with a high calibre rifle. Petronel, Veterinarian Dr. Albertus Coetzee attended the injured animal, sedated it, and transported her to the Care for Wild Africa.

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Currently undergoing treatment for the bullet wound, the calf is being thoroughly cleaned of blood and rotting flesh. She is recovering at the Care for Wild Africa, and is in proper care. The team is hopeful that the baby rhino will make a full recovery, and will be back in the wild in the near future.

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The calf had been shot in its front left leg by the poachers with a high calibre rifle. Petronel, Veterinarian Dr. Albertus Coetzee attended the injured animal, sedated it, and transported her to the Care for Wild Africa.

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Currently undergoing treatment for the bullet wound, the calf is being thoroughly cleaned of blood and rotting flesh. She is recovering at the Care for Wild Africa, and is in proper care. The team is hopeful that the baby rhino will make a full recovery, and will be back in the wild in the near future.

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