Butchered rhino to star in doccie

Shaanaaz de Jager

TWO Eastern Cape white rhinos whose horns were hacked off by poachers a year ago will feature in an Asian awareness campaign later this year. Thandi, who survived, and Themba, who died 24 days after being attacked at the Kariega Game Reserve on March 2 last year, are among animals from around the world included in a documentary that highlights poaching.

An older rhino, identified only as “bull number 84”, died on the same day of the attack. It is believed a three-month-old calf, spotted on the reserve yesterday, is his offspring. The documentary was announced at a presentation at Kariega yesterday to commemorate Themba’s death and to celebrate Thandi’s survival.

Wildlife veterinary surgeon Dr William Fowlds said Thandi, 7, had survived was “living inspiration to so many people who have come forward to try and help”.

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