An 8 month old female rhino calf had been badly hurt at a reserve in the Mpumalanga region of South Africa. It had been shot in its front left leg after its mother was poached a few days before.
The Care for Wild Africa Rhino Sanctuary was contacted to save her. A search and rescue team was deployed, but due to heavy rain the tracks of the rhino were washed away.
The small calf had also run to a section of the reserve where there was extremely thick bush that hindered the ability of the pilots who were scouting from the air. Extra trackers were called in from a neighboring farm to help in the search.
Incredibly, nearly 8 days after the poaching incident and with hope fading that the calf may not survive, the helicopter called to say they had spotted it. Petronel, Veterinarian Dr. Albertus Coetzee and the reserves anti-poaching unit immediately set out to find and sedate the calf. The orphaned rhino was then transported immediately to the Care for Wild Africa Rhino Sanctuary and is now undergoing treatment for the bullet wound.