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Rhino is undergone five surgeries since the attack of a ruthless poacher who has stolen its horn.


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A South African rhino who had his horn hacked off by poachers is undergone five surgeries

Last year, the rhino – named Hope – die with a gruesome maggot-riddled hole in her face.

Since then, Hope has had at least 16 medical procedures requiring anesthetics.

Brutal Rhino attack
Recovery: A South African rhino who had his horn hacked off by poachers is on the road together after pioneering reconstructive surgery
Surgery: Hope has had at least 16 medical procedures requiring anesthetics.
Cast: Hope, the rhino, had a latex cast of the perimeter of her wound taken during surgery in her pen

The wound size has reduced by 60 per cent and they are hopeful the endangered will recover and may one day give birth.

Johan Marais, an equine and wildlife surgeon at the University of Pretoria.

He said: ‘We don’t even know what antibiotics to give it, at what dosage,’ explaining that more research is needed.

He added: ‘We don’t know the anatomy of the legs. We don’t even know the anatomy of the face, where we work.’

Awoken: At one point, workers got the rhino on her feet and steadied her great bulk as she swayed

The facial reconstruction of Hope, whose gaping wound left her sinus cavities exposed, was a see-saw of progress and setbacks..

For easier access, the conservation group treating the rhino.

Saving the Survivors, moved her this year from eastern South Africa to a wildlife-holding facility in Bela-Bela, north of Johannesburg.

Preparation: Hope is being prepared for surgery, headed by veterinarian Gerhard Steenkamp, right, in her pen

Fixed up: After the long procedure, the team bandage Hope up . She has now undergone 16 procedures but there are signs that the horn is starting to grow back

South Africa, home to most of the world’s rhinos, is struggling to curb the slaughter of the species.

Some consumers believe the horns have medicinal benefits, but there is no supporting evidence.

A cloth covering Hope’s eyes and cotton wool stuffed in her hair-fringed ears blocked out movement and noise.

Fortunate Improment

Improvements: She has undergone five surgeries since the attack and her face is now 60 per cent healedWildlife veterinarians say there is an urgent need for anatomical research on rhinos.

An increasing number survive attacks and need treatment for injuries including gunshot wounds or deep cuts from axes.

Similarities between horses and rhinos serve as a rough guide for drug regimens for rhinos, according to Marais.


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