The plight of SA's rhinos: Icon of hope dies!Selene Brophy
Few things hit you in the gut quite like the recent headlines of the possible effects of the Trump presidency, the news that our very own State Security minister has allegedly been in cahoots with rhino horn smuggles - and now this.
Sadly, the rhino named ‘Hope’ – which made headlines around the world after surviving a brutal poaching attack in April 2015 has passed away.
According to wildlife filmmaker Adrian Steirn, Hope had to endured so many operations and he posted an update saying, “She had to endure so much pain that part of me is relieved that her pain is finally over.
“She was found dead in the boma Sunday with a bacterial infection in her small intestine.
“For me her passing is just another reminder that if we don’t address what we are doing to these creatures then we will ultimately destroy a planet that was doing just fine without humans for 4.5 billion years."
Saving the Survivors (STS), who assists with the care of rhino who manage to survive brutal poaching attacks also posted to Facebook saying, “Passing of an Icon… with heavy hearts and great sadness.”
“She was found yesterday late afternoon without life in her boma where she has been cared for since March this year. We don’t know yet what dimmed Hope’s light and we are left with a huge ‘WHY?’ today.
“The cause of death looks to be a bacterial infection of her small intestine, and we have requested further tests to shed light on this immense tragedy.
“Wandering alone in the bush for days, deeply hurt and with half her face hacked off, she survived against all odds.
“It was no wonder then, that she was christened Hope and became a worldwide ambassador for her species.
There has been an outpouring of grief following the news of Hope’s death. STS says it is awaiting results from Hope’s post mortem as the rhino showed no signs of discomfort on Sunday morning when she was checked and fed; but was then found lifeless at her afternoon check.
This video of Hope's initial rescue illustrates the STS mission of "creating hope from hurt".
"There will always be Hope, for this iconic rhino will live on in everyone’s hearts."