Sunday, 14 July 2013

Rhino gets skin graft in effort to heal poaching injuries

Thandi, a rhino on Kariega Reserve, survived an attack by poachers in March 2012
July 2013. Poaching survivor Thandi, a rhino at the Kariega Game Reserve, has received ground breaking skin grafting treatment due to her wounds re-opening more than one year after being attacked by poachers. 

While her initial wounds healed up some months after the incident, it is suspected that the recent damage was caused by a new rhino bull on the Eastern Cape reserve. It is hoped that the pioneering surgery will answer many unknown questions about the viability of treating poached rhino using grafting techniques which have never before been used on a rhino.

Thandi was attended to by wildlife veterinarian Dr William Fowlds of Investec Rhino Lifeline as well as two specialist veterinary surgeons Dr Gerhard Steenkamp and Dr Johan Marais along with a human plastic surgeon Dr Alistair Lamont.

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