Only a few months after a rhino survived a poaching incident that left four others dead, she has given birth to a baby. (Supplied)

Rhino calf born on the Western Cape game reserve, months after mother was injured by poachers

Just a few months after a rhino survived a poaching accident that left four others dead, she gave birth to a baby boy. (Provided)

  • A baby rhinoceros was born on a game reserve in the Western Cape.
  • The calf’s mother was seriously injured in a poaching incident in December.
  • Four other rhinos were killed and hornless in the attack.

Just a few months after a rhino survived a poaching accident that left four others dead, she gave birth to a calf.

The rhino cow was badly injured in a poaching incident at the Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve in December, but gave birth to a baby rhino.

The little rhino was spotted on Saturday by a ranger.

The poaching incident was discovered by the reserve’s anti-poaching team on December 8, 2021. They found that five rhinos had been killed while on regular patrol around 10:30 pm. Two had already died from their injuries, while two others died shortly after, the owner of the Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve Searl Derman previously told News24.

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“The four dead rhinos had their horns brutally removed.” Derman said.

One of the dead rhinos was also pregnant.

Large-caliber rifle bullets from silenced weapons were reportedly identified at the scene.

After the incident, the game reserve offered a reward of R100,000 for information that could have led to the arrest of the poachers.

Derman said:

During those first days following the despicable crime, several arrests were also made by the SAPS supported by Cape Nature and the private investigation teams that were deployed just minutes after the incident was confirmed.

The game reserve has assembled a team of specialists to take care of the injured rhino and rebuild its damaged face.

“Under the guidance and supervision of specialist and renowned veterinarian Douw Grobler, the injured female was constantly monitored and finally stabilized enough to perform a series of reconstructive procedures to reassemble parts of her face that had been severely injured by a close caliber shot. of rifle, “explained Derman.

The rhino gave birth to a healthy calf on Saturday. The baby rhinoceros was first spotted by one of Inverdoorn’s rangers on a morning game drive as he wrestled in an awning hole.

“The team on site managed to free the baby rhino from the hole without any damage and identified it as a baby rhino that it was calling its mother,” Derman said.

The calf was soon reunited with its mother.

Just a few months after a rhino survived a poacher

Just a few months after a rhino survived a poaching accident that left four others dead, she gave birth to a baby boy. (Provided)

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For the safety of the mother and calf, they will be monitored by the game reserve’s 24-hour Rapid Rhino Response Team.

“The miraculous birth of this baby is a joyful and celebrated moment in all wildlife circles and in the global rhino conservation community. Just a few months ago, we were under immense pressure to save the mother’s life, now we see the miracle of a lifetime, ”Derman said.


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