Brutal attack on rhino calf in South Africa by poachers stuns rescue staff14/01/2013 18:15:25 Orphaned calf was slashed with a panga
January 2013. The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) Rhino Orphan Response Project, in partnership with the Rhino Orphanage, was called on to assist in the rescue of a horrifically injured, two month old rhino orphan.
Said Karen Trendler, co-ordinator of the EWT's Rhino Orphan Response Project: "We found the calf in a terrible condition. The poor baby had obviously tried to return to its mother while the poachers were removing her horn and they slashed at her face with a panga and an axe repeatedly in order to chase her away."
"It has been three days since we rescued her and she is doing remarkably well. She is still in a great deal of pain and we are monitoring her progress very carefully but we hope that she will make a full recovery. This is unfortunately not an isolated occurrence of baffling cruelty by poachers - we have seen many such incidences in the work we are doing with the orphans and victims of rhino poaching," continued Trendler.Utter dismay
Yolan Friedmann, CEO of the EWT, expressed dismay at the needless cruelty of the South African poachers involved in the incident. "The EWT is appalled at the outrageous brutality and disrespect for life displayed by this attack. The rise in the incidence of rhino poaching driven by international trade in the horn is a terrible reality but we cannot ignore the fact that it is South African people wantonly destroying their own heritage. The attack on the calf was an act of entirely unnecessary malice and we as a nation need to start thinking extremely hard about our utter lack of respect for life in so many areas of our society."
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