An update on rhino bull #72 – 12 June 2015

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Last Friday, our injured rhino bull #72 received further veterinary treatment when Dr. Rogers checked on and cleaned his wounds. He is still very thin and has developed pressure sores on his legs due to lying down for long periods of time. However, Dr. Rogers is happy with the progress of the wounds. They are now smaller and pinkish in colour, and the amount of discharge has decreased, which means they are getting better.

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The wounds were disinfected with diluted chlorhexidine and hydrogen peroxide. While cleaning the surface of the wounds with cotton wool, #72 was given shots of penicillin, antibiotics, vitamins and anti-inflammatories. He also received a good scrubbing from the staff and students at HESC.

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A black medicated fly repellent combination liquid was put over the wounds to protect them. The infection has reduced, and #72 seems to have become stronger. #72 recovered from anesthesia as well as expected. He was back up on his feet and feeding shortly afterwards.

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Although #72’s improvement is not drastic, we are happy with the little steps he is making in the right direction. Our optimism for his full recovery remains strong.

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