The Jeffreys Bay community was shocked and angered when barbaric poachers killed Rhino on a nearby game farm simply for their horns.
However, a Rhino survived these heinous attacks and is getting stronger every day. Her name is Hope.
Poachers had darted her with a tranquilliser and hacked off her horns in May this year. She was later found by staff at her wildlife reserve – alive, but with a huge wound on her face.
“It was a large wound, about 50cm by 30cm and very deep. It went far into her sinuses and nasal passages,” said Dr Johan Marais, who helped to save Hope.
Hope has just managed to rub off the elephant hide shield that protected her vicious wound and is in full recovery after her horrendous ordeal.
“We are going to give her a couple of weeks and then replace it. Hope is extremely lively and charging around, and is clearly feeling extremely well.
The shield is a temporary measure to prevent her picking up an infection and damaging her face.
Hope gave Janine a good run for her money trying to take these pics – they took a while to get. She is full of life, and definitely strong and full of beans’ said a statement on Saving the Survivors.