MOTHER AND CALF RESCUE

MOTHER AND CALF RESCUE

An RCB aerial patrol spotted a white rhino female struggling with a bullet wound – the result of a failed poaching attempt. We coordinated and launched a rapid response and effectively treated the rhino’s wound, most probably saving her life. This is what we do here at Rhino Conservation Botswana with our partners the Department of Wildlife and National Parks and Rhinos Without Borders. Our team has become very good at what we do, but what was tricky about this exercise is that the rhino was a mother and had a little calf by her side. It was essential that the mother and her calf not be separated during the operation. This necessitated the calf being sedated as well as the mother. It was crucial that the mother and calf wake from the sedation at the same time. This takes skilled veterinary work and we are grateful for the professional and dedicated wildlife veterinarians that we work with.

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