The sad need to dehorn our rhino comes around so quickly. Just when we’re all used to seeing the rhino with a nice growth of horn, the time comes when we have to call in the vets and get their lovely horns removed.
Its always a very sad and thought-provoking day, knowing that the greed of man and lack of education on rhino horn are the o
nly reasons that the process is so necessary.
As always Doctor Foggin was on hand to perform the operation, which involves anaesthetising the rhino in their pens before getting out the elbow grease and the chainsaw to remove the horns. The rhino all know Doctor Foggin very well and although they are a little suspicious at first, they know they can trust him.
|Fast facts about White Rhinos:|
|Weight||Exceeds 3 500 kgs|
|Head and body length||3.5 – 4.6 m|
|Height at shoulder||1.8 – 2 m|
|Front horn larger than other horn||Averages 90 cm|
|What make it a ‘White’ Rhino||A popular theory that “white” is a distortion of either the Afrikaans word wyd or the Dutch word wijd, meaning wide and referring to the rhino’s square lips|
The rhino were a little off balance for two or three days after their horns were removed, but soon recovered and got busy reshaping the sawn off stump into something more attractive, using rocks and tree stumps. In time they seem to get used to their new look but it leaves us feeling sad that their natural beauty needs to be curbed.
We thank Doctor Chris Foggin for consistently doing an excellent job for our rhino and we would also like to thank Nicholas Duncan and Save the Rhino Australia who always donate the funds for the Imire dehorning.
Date: 29 August 2013