A baby rhino, estimated to be a week old, was taken to the Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre, situated near Kampersrus. The dehydrated animal was found in the bush in the Ofcolaco area.
“It appears to have been attacked by either a small predator or scavenger such as jackals. Its ears were badly bitten and we may not be able to do anything about it. It will probably eventually lose both ears,” says Corrie van Wyk of Moholoholo.
“He is very thin and was almost dead when he arrived here with his body temperature being just above 34 degrees Celcius. We were able to raise his temperature by using blankets and hot water bottles. Within about half an hour his temperature was already up and he reacted by standing up.”
Corrie says he then willingly drank some milk and “sucked on fingers for more.” Dr Peter Rogers, a veterinarian from Hoedspruit, put him on a drip. “The baby has been drinking well and has been quite happy despite his dismal appearance. If he pulls through we will probably return him to the area in which he was found,” Corrie concluded.