Poaching is a sad reality in many parts of the world. No matter how strict the laws get, poachers seem to break them. In many poaching cases, we come across stories like this one but instead, they do not have a glimmer of hope in the end. By all accounts, this story ends happily or shall we say it will eventually.
Recently, a group of rhinos was found, killed by poachers for their horns. They all seemed to be too far gone until rescuers heard a sound. There, lying in grief, was a baby rhino pining away for his mom.
According to the Care for Wild Team: “It was instinctive for him to try and stay close to his mother to protect her, and the poachers with no sympathy or hesitation whatsoever lashed out at him so that they could finish their heinous crime of taking his mother’s horn as quickly as possible.”
The poor baby, they named Arthur, was taken in by the rescue group with wounds to his back by a machete and a ripped out toenail. They transported him to Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary, the world’s largest rhino sanctuary and orphanage.
The team immediately called in a surgeon, who sedated the calf and stitched up his wounds. Arthur is now recovering and doing better, however, staff can’t get past one thing: Arthur still has hope that his mother will return.
A volunteer says, “He still calls for his mother, it is a heart-wrenching sound and one that he should never have to make. Her death will affect him emotionally long after his physical wounds have healed.”
The bond between a rhino calf and his mother is unique. “A rhino calf stays with his mother for up to three years and in that time, she teaches him everything he needs to know, from what to eat and how to keep himself safe. She will teach him how to behave when in the company of other rhino and he will learn everything necessary from her so that he has a good chance of growing into a strong adult. Who is going to teach him now?”
The baby rhino has made a tremendous recovery. While he still misses his mother, he is starting to realize that he is safe and can have happy days in spite of his loss. He even made a new friend. Arthur can be seen running happily with his new friend in the video below.
While Arthur is safe, many rhinos are not. Change continues to happen but not fast enough. Poaching is a serious crime that will continue to wipe out precious animals. What can you do? Bring awareness. Share this post to start a conversation. You can also visit Arthur’s page via Care For Wild and donate today!