Since it happened the night of February 20th the social media has been buzzing with the Thula Thula tragedy.
For days I’ve been speechless and heartsick after hearing about the Thula Thula tragedy. How could human beings be so cruel? How could they attack and harm defenseless baby rhinos and those who care for them? It’s beyond me.
Once again Lorinda Hern finds the right words to say. I share her Facebook post with her permission.
By now, the news that Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage had been targeted by poachers in the early hours of Tuesday morning has spread like wildfire, not only throughout conservation circles, but (aided greatly by the power of social media) around the world. Since I heard about the horror that befell the animals and staff of Thula Thula, I’ve been wracking my brain for something appropriate to say. Something clever and uplifting, something profound and helpful, but the truth is… I have nothing. I just feel sick with sorrow at the violence of this attack. What words could ever truly capture the magnitude of something so awful…?
In this industry we – myself included – often comment on (or even complain about) the fragmentation that exists between parties. The “us versus them” attitudes that divide our ranks, the egos that make cooperation between groups virtually impossible. We forget. We forget that, at our core, all of us feel the same sense of heartbreak when confronted with the suffering of animals and humans brutalised by thugs. And we all feel increasingly helpless to do anything about it. Sometimes, it takes an enormous tragedy to remind us of these truths once more.
So this is my hope: that this most recent incident of pure savagery not break our resolve, but that it becomes the single biggest thing unifying those of us dedicated to fighting the barbarity. Because it is said that true friends pick us up when we are down, and when they can’t, they lie down beside us for a while until we feel strong enough to stand again. And even then, they do not leave us to stand alone. Dear friends at Thula Thula, we know that nothing we say or do can lift you up right now. So instead, we are lying down beside you, and we will remain so for as long as you need us to.
xxx Lorinda Hern
May it be so. God bless you all.