Poaching victim rhino gives birth
JOHANNESBURG- The Associated Press
Rhino poaching survivor Thandi is seen with her newly born calf in the Kariega Game Reserve near Port Elizabeth.Thandi the rhinoceros was left for dead by poachers nearly three years ago, meant to be among the 600 rhino killed in South Africa in 2012. She beat the odds, and after a slow recovery, has given birth to a healthy calf, game reserve managers announced Jan. 14.
The calf’s birth on Jan. 13 morning is being celebrated as the rhino population is under pressure from poaching. Rhinos are an endangered species hunted for their horn, as demand increases in some parts of Asia. More than 1,000 rhino were killed last year in South Africa, which houses the world’s largest remaining rhino population, according to government statistics.
As soon as the calf could walk, Thandi led the newborn deeper into a now cordoned off area of the Kariega game reserve in the country’s Eastern Cape, said representative Bronwen d’Oliveira.
“It took Thandi a long time to trust humans again after poachers hacked off her horn and left her to bleed to death along with two male rhinos in March 2012. One of the males died immediately, while the other only survived for several weeks,” she said.