South Africa 15.6.2017 04:32 pm

Kruger rhino orphan taking to her bottle milk

The new Kruger National Park arrival at Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary is doing well after being saved two days ago. Picture: Lowvelder

The new Kruger National Park arrival at Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary is doing well after being saved two days ago. Picture: Lowvelder

Statistics released earlier this week indicate South Africa may lose more than 1 000 rhino for the fifth straight year in a row.

Care For Wild Rhino Sanctuary founder Petronel Nieuwoudt confirmed to the Lowvelder on Wednesday night that the new rhino orphan, who arrived earlier this week from the Kruger National Park, was doing “well and is also learning quite quickly how to drink milk from the bottle”.

Nieuwoudt earlier called her “a fighter” and has high hopes that she will make it through this critical stage.

She was very dehydrated on arrival and was placed on an IV drip. Nieuwoudt said she was exhausted from the stress of losing her mother, as well as from the drugs that were used to sedate her.

She was monitored and later, a milk bottle was used to feed her.

It is imperative that newly-orphaned rhinos start drinking their specialised milk as soon as possible to get much-needed nutrition back into their systems. She very quickly mastered the art of drinking form the bottle.

She doesn’t have a name as of yet, but is doing well under a blanket donated by a group who knits blankets for baby rhinos. Nita Danielz Eyre-Smith delivered one of the blankets of the group to keep her warm.

Statistics released earlier this week by the IFP’s Chief Whip in the National Assembly, Narend Singh, indicate South Africa is on track to lose more than 1 000 rhinos for the fifth straight year in a row.

Singh said 483 mortalities have been reported nationally in the first five-and-a-half months of 2017.

In KwaZulu-Natal, the upsurge in poaching rate had already surpassed 2016’s record figures by more than double.

Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary founder Petronel Nieuwoudt (white hat). Picture: Lowvelder

Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary founder Petronel Nieuwoudt (white hat). Picture: Lowvelder

Caxton News Service

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