Orphaned Baby Rhino Loves To Run With Her Rescuers
This poor little rhino was victim of some illegal hunters. It got a serious gunshot wound but luckily it survived and it was rescued by a wildlife veterinarian. Now we can see how the wound heals as the veterinarian takes care and plays with the rhino.
A gunshot wound to the head leaves a white rhino calf clinging to life, but a caring wildlife veterinarian steps in to help, and a special bond is formed.
The South African government says a record 668 rhinos were killed in the country in 2012, an increase of nearly 50 percent over the previous year.
Demand is growing in Vietnam and elsewhere in Asia where rhino horn is believed to have medical benefits despite evidence to the contrary. The horn is made of keratin, a protein also found in human fingernails.
Veterinarians say there are no reliable statistics for the number of rhinos injured by poachers, partly because some game reserve owners prefer to keep quiet for fear other criminals will flock to any location known to harbor rhino.
Those involved in the protection of rhinos are skittish, and suspicion that people are colluding with poachers is plentiful. (Source)