By: Betty Chu
Thandi the rhino — and poaching survivor — gave birth to a calf this past Tuesday at the Kariega Game Reserve in South Africa. ... HOORAY THANDI!
Thandi and two male rhinos were the victims of a horrific attack by poachers armed with machetes in March 2012. Very tragically, the two males died. But, Thandi survived after losing her horn — though she endured many surgeries including a skin graft procedure thanks to Dr. William Fowlds.
Remember Thandi's story? The horrifying attack was featured in the Animal Planet program SAVING AFRICA'S GIANTS WITH YAO MING just this past Fall:
Dr. Fowlds reports this week that after observing Thandi and calf from a distance, both appear to be doing well.
"I am sure that the whole rhino caring community will share in the joy of this amazing birth. Thandi’s story has always been an incredible testimony of the will to survive against all odds. She represents so much of what her species faces under the current poaching crisis. Her survival has already given us inspiration but the birth of her calf brings a new dimension of hope to the crisis showing us that a future generation of life is possible if we put our minds and hearts to it,” Dr. Fowlds said.