Remember the baby rhino found by tourists in Kruger a few weeks back?
It’s deja-vu , another orphaned baby was found wandering on the road in Kruger this last week.
He was an eight-week-old white rhino stumbled upon by passersby.
“Badly dehydrated, covered in wounds and clearly in desperate search of shade, the calf approached my car. She called out into emptiness, looked on for a moment and then rested her chin on my door. Slumping onto her hindquarters and then onto her belly she caught a few moments of peaceful rest in our shadow.”-Liam Burrough
Another driver who stumbled upon the scene claimed the little one was dehydrated, cut up and crying for her mom. According to Adam Baugh the rhino came up and rubbed up against the car, before laying next to it to seek shade.
They tried to comfort the orphan, giving her water and talking to her until Kruger staff arrived to assist.
Is this the kind of tourism South Africa is going to be known for? Crying baby rhinos desperately searching for their mom, wandering aimlessly for hours, maybe days in the bush, hopefully stumbling upon the right people for help?
So heartbreaking to think that these innocent souls sought out help from the very species responsible for their mothers’ destruction.
As Liam said, “It is our responsibility as humans to protect these animals. Change begins with you, so get off of your ass and do something! Write angry letters, donate as much money as you can to fund guns, dogs, equipment and salaries for the hands we so badly need to stop these gentle giants from disappearing.”
US residents: Write an email to the White House and share your concern. Please don’t use profanity or racial slurs, but USE your anger and heartache to demand change! It doesn’t have to be lengthy or wordy. We need to take a stand, with each email, it strengthens our voice. The South African government needs pressure from other countries to make this a priority and get serious. http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments
South Africa: http://www.gov.za/
If you have problems with any of these email addresses, or know of better links, please let us know.