While on holiday, while his parents were napping, Luke grabbed his camera and spent the afternoon watching out for birds and animals coming to drink from the pan near their bush camp.
“We were enjoying an afternoon nap when Luke woke us up: ‘Dad, Mom … come quickly. There is a rhino with a snare around it’s foot. We have to help it!’”
Then he showed them close-up pictures he had taken of the rhino’s badly injured front leg.
Just 9 years old, Luke asked his parents to call the camp and report the injury. They did. Although helpful, there was no ‘instant’ response. Not satisfied, he insisted they do more. So his father loaded a picture of the wounded animal to his cellphone and sent it via WhatsApp to the rangers.
“It turned out that they were busy dealing with snare injuries to other animals, but when they saw the WhatsApp picture they arrived within 10 or 15 minutes.”
The wounded rhino was immoblized and treated. If it wasn’t for Luke, the rhino would have suffered a slow death from the snare. The vet who treated the injured bull, said the injury had been caught just in time, before the snare cut the rhino’s tendons.