The black market for rhino horn is sadly still thriving, and over 97% of the black rhino population have been lost during the second half of the 20th century, according to Jock Safari Lodge.
‘Goose, a female black rhino was found having been shot several times in the foot by self-seeking poachers and left to die,’ the Lodge writes on their website. ‘Bones were protruding through her skin and her hoof had been further damaged by continued walking.’
Goose was found in this horrible condition in September 2018 and many South Africans have since followed her remarkable recovery.
‘Typically, if an animal is found wandering around the veld severely emaciated, malnourished and on the point of death, one would probably euthanise it, but in the case of Goose, due to her Critically Endangered status, a vast team of skilled experts and organisations sprang into action to do everything they could to save her. She captured the hearts of the team at Jock Safari Lodge who with the go ahead from the non-profit CALEO Foundation, readily sponsored the initial antibiotics and supportive treatment vital for her survival.’
Kruger National Park Veterinarian, Peter Buss, shares the in-depth details of her recovery in this new inspiring video:
Image credit: Screenshot from video