This baby rhino was found in the bush, stabbed. Her mother was found dead nearby with her horns chopped off. Poachers frequently kill wild rhinos for their horns, which are then sold in the black market.
Now, poaching has become a very serious issue in Africa. In the last decade alone, nearly 6,000 rhinos have been killed for their horns, which then fetch thousands of dollars in the black market. It is unfortunate that this kind of cruelty is also very difficult to prevent; for so long as there are people willing to pay large sums of money, there will be those who try to meet the demand.
This young rhino’s mother is just another example of this cruel and unjust practice. The injured young calf was trying to protect her mom and had been stabbed in the back several times.
She was later discovered in the bush nearby where her mother was found. Rescuers then contacted The Rhino Orphanage (TRO) and carers immediately came to help the young calf.
This young rhino calf was discovered still alive after being stabbed in the back by poachers.
The TRO, which operates out of Limpopo province in South Africa, treated the young rhino’s wounds. She had been stabbed in the back 3 times, and had her own horn cut off after she tried to defend her mother from her killers. Fortunately after being treated, she was in relatively stable condition.
The TRO staff decided to name the young calf ‘J’aimie’, which means “I love” in French. This name was given in memory of a rhino who was killed earlier this month by poachers in a French zoo. It was shot in the head several times, and its horns were sawed off.
Staff at the orphanage called her J’aimie, which means, “I love” in French.
Initially, the TRO staff were worried that they would have trouble getting J’aimie to drink from a bottle.
Soon J’aimie became rather enthusiastic about feeding time.
“Whenever it’s close to milk time, she whines and talks to let her carers know she’s hungry”, explained TRO’s manager.
Like most young babies, J’aimie is also very fond of of cuddling with her caregivers.
Also like most newborns, J’aimie is also keen on getting lots of attention and cuddles from her new family, who take turns laying next to her for company while she sleeps.
“She loves to lie with her carers as close as she possibly can,” said Traynor.
The TRO staff take turns sleeping next to J’aimie to keep her company.
Jamie is expected to grow much, much larger.
J’aimie’s distinguishing feature is her very large feet.
According to Traynor, “Her future looks good!”