The orphaned rhino are in new hands at the Rhino Revolution Orphanage
“I’ll be leaving the orphanage,” Natalie wrote.
For several years now we’ve been involved with Rhino Revolution and more recently their rescue rehab center for rhino calves orphaned by the poaching scourge.
Why? How can you? We’re questions that popped into my mind.
Did you know that orphaned rhino need 24 hour care? At least when they first arrive at the orphanage. Orphaned rhino are usually traumatized. They’ve just witnessed the brutal killing of their mother after all!
These youngsters frequently cry for hours. Some run into the walls of their enclosure… a padded room. It’s really intense those first few days until they settle down a bit.
Some don’t eat much. Others can’t sleep. Their vitals need to be closely monitored.
Once the worst is over the work for the attending vet nurse or rehabber shifts a bit. However, the orphaned rhino still need to be watched like a small child.
This rehab work requires a huge sacrifice of the humans involved. They sleep at the orphanage. They forgo relationships, a night out to the movies, and much of what most of us consider a normal life.
Now, it is time for Natalie to move on, to use what she’s learned in other arenas. We wish her well as she will surely make a difference wherever she goes.
Anna’s eyes are bright, her handshake firm. Within minutes there’s no doubt she loves the two orphaned rhino presently at the center.
She talks about Defender with great affection as we walk over to his boma. He is doing well in his rehab and once all the paper work is cleared he will be able to return to the private reserve he came from. Miss Fussypot is another story. She is in quarantine and after three weeks Anna has yet to get her figured out. She wants only grass, no milk and no teff or other feed orphaned rhino generally eat.
We walk around the perimeter with Anna. There in the shade looking quite contented is Miss Fussypot. She pays us no mind. Anna has been careful to limit her contact with her and does everything she can from a distance. The objective of course is to keep this youngster as disconnected from humans as possible.
The prospects for both these two orphaned rhino calves are good. The five young rhino released together about 18 months ago are doing well. This is a real success story. One of the first of its kind… going from rescued orphan to thriving youngster in the wild.
We look forward to regular updates from Anna and the orphaned rhino at the center.
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