Species: White Rhino
Born: August 2018
On the 19th December we got a call from a private reserve to say that a rhino cow had been brutally poached and murdered and she had left behind a little 4-month-old calf who had been hacked 4 times with an axe while he was trying to protect her. The little male calf was healthy but terrified and traumatized and in need of a home. Dr Trever Viljoen rushed to the scene to fetch the little calf. Whilst trying to dart him to relocate him the calf spooked and ran into the thickets. When they found him again, he had found another rhino and was following her around. She unfortunately would not be able to look after him as she was not lactating and he was still too young to be without milk. Dr Viljoen tried to dart him again but the thick, undulating vegetation made it too difficult to get close to the little calf and his new friend. They ran off deeper into the thick vegetation and a helicopter from Heligistix was called in to dart the little calf from the air. Thanks to the Heligistix team, Dr Viljoen was able to dart the little calf and transport him to us. We are happy to report that he is doing well and his wounds have been treated and are on the mend. He is still very nervous and traumatized and calls for his mom during the night.
We have decided to name him Bhanoyi which is Zulu for plane/helicopter after the amazing work done by Heligistix pilot Jason Fischer and vet Dr Viljoen who managed to dart little Bhanoyi from a helicopter to rescue him. Baby Bhanoyi still cries out for his mother which is so heart-breaking. We are doing everything in our power to comfort him and help him settle into his new home