After last week’s alarming poaching onslaught around South Africa that resulted in the death of 13 rhino in a 24-hour time period (of which the South African Department of Environment has still made no comment!), here are some fantastic photos this week celebrating an unsuccessful poaching attack.
Pilanesberg National Park and Wildlife Trust posted the photos and a video (see below) on Facebook Thursday evening, saying: “Rhino cow and calf treated after Mom was in an attempted poaching incident. Both are doing well. Thanks all for your support.”
Pit Track, a K9 Conservation Unit that specailises in rhino protection, tweeted the pics with the following celebratory message: “THE ONES POACHERS DIDN’T GET. Attempted poaching of female #Rhino with calf unsuccessful! Great work #antipoaching Pilanesberg #unitethefight“
Pilanesberg also posted photos of orphaned rhino ‘Jamie’ on Thursday night and reported that she’s safe at the Rhino Orphanage, her wounds are healing and she’s doing well. The eight-month-old rhino calf was orphaned during last week’s attacks in which her mother was killed and she had been slashed over her back at Mahikeng Game Reserve.
Watch rhino mom and calf survive poaching attack in South Africa
Posted by Pilanesberg National Park & Wildlife Trust on Thursday, March 16, 2017
— Pit Track (@PitTrackK9) March 16, 2017
All photos sourced from Pilanesberg National Park & Wildlife Trust