After being shot by and escaping from the same poachers who killed her mom, an injured and orphaned 10-month-old female rhino was rescued and brought to a rhino sanctuary after an eight-day search across a private game reserve outside of Kruger National Park in South Africa.
The calf suffers from a fist-size gunshot wound to her left shoulder, says Albertus Coetzee, a veterinarian who was part of the rescue. The calf is currently recovering at the Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary, a nonprofit organization that takes care of and rehabilitates injured, orphaned, and/or abandoned rhinos.
The management team at the private game reserve contacted the sanctuary to aid in the rescue after the mom had been reported poached, says Gary Schneider, director of the advocacy and volunteering group Working With Rhinos. After the team heard about the shooting they began looking for the baby in the reserve.
“It was an immense team, from …