I have been meaning to write this for a while but as rhino pregnancies last about 16 months, I knew I had time!
I have written about Thandi before – here. She and four other rhino in the Kariega Game Reserve were poached two years ago, in March 2012. The other rhino all died but Thandi fought to stay alive and survived. This is very unusual as the brutality of poaching means that rhinos inevitably die after being attacked.
The good new now is that Thandi is pregnant!
Dr William Fowlds, the vet who saved Thandi’s life says:
“I don’t recall such a small value carrying such huge significance for anything in my professional life. Thandi is arguably the single most important rhino alive as I am not aware of any individual animal that has carried the plight of the rhino out to the world to the extent that she has and continues to do. Her story has touched the lives of so many people across the globe and her courage is reflected in our love for her and the species that she represents. The prospects of a successful pregnancy and birth represent the hope of survival. In a crisis which threatens us with despair, that hope, as insignificant as it may seem for some, is what we cling to for dear life.”