South African rhinos are facing a serious poaching crisis. The population of these animals has already declined rapidly due to poaching. Sadly, rhinos are killed for their horns because it’s believed that they possess medicinal qualities – despite the fact that they’re made of the same protein as our own hair and nails. Estimates show that there are only about 29,000 rhinos left in the world and each year around 1,000 are killed.
Last week in South Africa, sixteen rhinos were killed in the space of just two days! This senseless slaughter of adult rhinos leaves behind many orphans who have little to no chance of survival on their own. Unfortunately, the most recent resident at the Rhino Orphanage, a sanctuary in South African, suffered this exact fate.
The good news is the baby is no longer all alone in the world, as she was rescued by The Rhino Orphanage team.
The baby rhino, who got the name J’aime – which means “I love” in French – is only four weeks old. She is now in stable condition and looked after carefully by her caretakers who are doing everything do bring her back to health.
Little J’aime has three stab wounds to her back – injuries which she sustained before being transported to the sanctuary. The good news is vets seem to think they’ll heal very quickly.
The baby took to her bottle very well and is now settling into her new home. The wonderful and dedicated team is at J’aime’s full disposal – they are even ready to sleep by her side just to show her she is not alone!
It breaks our hearts to imagine what this poor baby rhino has been through. No animal should have to endure the pain of losing their mother for the sake of paltry human greed. We all need to do our best to raise awareness for these animals and spread the truth that rhino horn does not possess any special medicinal qualities.
We can only hope that this little one will be able to recover and return to the wild with the help of the Rhino Orphanage. Click here to visit their website and see what you can do to support their great work!