On Friday 22nd May, Dr. Rogers arrived with his team to perform a small procedure on the rhino bull we now know as #72.
After being sedated, Janelle (assistant veterinarian) took blood samples. Dr. Rogers then disinfected the rhino’s wounds with a dilution of Chlorhexidine and Peroxide mix and administered Meticam for pain. Vital signs (including heart rate and oxygen levels) were monitored throughout.
#72’s wounds are quite deep, and Dr. Rogers had to remove two bone fragments. The cavity was plugged with a bandage dipped in antiseptic to prevent an infestation of harmful bacteria. Finally, antibiotics and vitamins were administered.
#72 was washed with water and dipped with insecticide before being pushed onto his side in order to assist him to stand up, before being given the reversal drug to bring him back to a state of consciousness. He was back on his feet in a few minutes.
We will keep you posted as to his progress.