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Old 26-05-2015, 02:16 PM   #10
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South African rhino named Hope after surviving horrific attack by poachers who left her with a 20-inch wound after hacking her horns off
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Rhino has been left with 20-inch wound after poachers hacked horns off
Four-year-old female was named Hope after she survived the attack
Game-keepers found her barely alive in Lombardini reserve in South Africa
Vets operated on her last week and fitted fiberglass cast with steel screws

By Jenny Awford for MailOnline

Published: 15:23, 25 May 2015 | Updated: 09:19, 26 May 2015
A South African rhino has been named Hope after she survived a horrific attack by poachers who hacked her horns off.

The four-year-old female has been left with a 20-inch wound after the attack in Lombardini, a wildlife reserve in Eastern Cape.

Game-keepers found the injured rhino barely alive several days after the attack with the biggest wound the team has treated in the last three years.



Vets operated on Hope last week and removed maggots and dead tissue from her wound before fastening a fiberglass cast with steel screws.

A South African rhino has been named Hope after she survived a horrific attack by poachers who hacked her horns off

Dr Gerhard Steenkamp from the University of Pretoria said: "If we can save Hope and she can go back and produce more offspring, then in her lifetime she would have contributed to the survival of the species.'

Poachers are believed to have darted the rhino with a tranquilizer and hacked off her horns while she was sedated.

Hope's nasal bone was badly fractured and part of it was removed, exposing the sinus cavities and nasal passage.

She has been transferred to another reserve and vets believe it could take at least a year for Hope's wound to heal after multiple treatments.

Demand for rhino horn is high in parts of Asia where it is seen as a status symbol and a cure for illness despite a lack of evidence that it can heal.

The rhino called Hope was attacked in Lombardini, a wildlife reserve in Eastern Cape province where several rhinos were poached recently.

Suzanne Boswell from Saving the Survivors said: 'Hope is doing "She's really well."

The South African group treats rhinos with gunshot wounds, facial gouges and other injuries inflicted by poachers.

Another rhino called Thandi recovered after her horns were hacked off by poachers and give birth in January, according to the group.

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