Philippa our poached rhino’s latest treatment – 4 March '16

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Since her last treatment, Philippa has been doing well. As we promised then, she has now received her new cast to cover her wound, left when poachers hacked off her horn and exposed her nasal cavity in the process.

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The rhino cow was sedated, with a sedative M99, and the wound was checked for signs of infection and any maggots. Thankfully the wound looks good and is healing well.

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Pro-vet Wildlife Services performed the procedure, and Janelle Goodrich cleaned the wound and covered it with swabs and F10 anti-bacterial ointment.

Dr. Brad Kidd brought the new cast he has made especially for Philippa, and placed it perfectly over the wound.

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As it was a very hot day, our WCE participants cooled the rhino down with water.

We are optimistic for Philippa’s full recovery, and will watch her closely to see how she adjusts to her new protective covering.

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This Post Has 20 Comments

  1. Ирина

    Very good news.

  2. Ирина

    Very good news.

  3. Sandi

    Bless little Philippa! What marvellous work you all do, I am in awe and in admiration.
    Thank you!
    Sandi
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  4. Sandi

    Bless little Philippa! What marvellous work you all do, I am in awe and in admiration.
    Thank you!
    Sandi
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  5. MOULIN Martine

    Les photos 2 et 3 sont difficiles à regarder, pauvre Philippa. Comment peut-on faire çà, c’est IGNOBLE. BRAVO et MERCI pour les soins et beau travail.
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    Photos 2 and 3 are difficult to watch, poor Philippa. How can we do that, it is despicable. BRAVO and THANK YOU for care and good work.
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    Pourquoi Gertjie et Matimba repoussent-ils assez violemment Balu et Stompie hors de l’endroit où ils dorment alors qu’à l’extérieur ils s’entendent si bien ?
    Quel bonheur de les voir tous les quatre ensembles sur la vidéo d’Africam et surtout bébé Balu courrir et sautiller. Ils me redonnent le moral après les jours difficiles de notre petit inoubliable Amanzi. Merci à vous tous.
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    Why Gertjie Matimba and they repel rather violently Balu and Stompie out of where they then sleeping and out they get along so well?
    What a joy to see all four sets on the video Africam especially baby Balu run and jump. They restore my spirits after the difficult days of our little Amanzi unforgettable. Thank you to all of you.

    1. HESC

      Hi MOULIN Martine,
      This is pure territorial behaviour among animals. Just like any older ‘siblings’ Gertjie and Matimba chase away Balu and Stompie out of their boma (room) because they have their own. And because the younger rhinos think they are so clever, they want to eat Gertjie and Matimba’s food then go off to eat their own too. It’s actually hilarious to watch and neither of the rhinos mean any harm to the others.

  6. MOULIN Martine

    Les photos 2 et 3 sont difficiles à regarder, pauvre Philippa. Comment peut-on faire çà, c’est IGNOBLE. BRAVO et MERCI pour les soins et beau travail.
    —-
    Photos 2 and 3 are difficult to watch, poor Philippa. How can we do that, it is despicable. BRAVO and THANK YOU for care and good work.
    +
    Pourquoi Gertjie et Matimba repoussent-ils assez violemment Balu et Stompie hors de l’endroit où ils dorment alors qu’à l’extérieur ils s’entendent si bien ?
    Quel bonheur de les voir tous les quatre ensembles sur la vidéo d’Africam et surtout bébé Balu courrir et sautiller. Ils me redonnent le moral après les jours difficiles de notre petit inoubliable Amanzi. Merci à vous tous.
    —-
    Why Gertjie Matimba and they repel rather violently Balu and Stompie out of where they then sleeping and out they get along so well?
    What a joy to see all four sets on the video Africam especially baby Balu run and jump. They restore my spirits after the difficult days of our little Amanzi unforgettable. Thank you to all of you.

    1. HESC

      Hi MOULIN Martine,
      This is pure territorial behaviour among animals. Just like any older ‘siblings’ Gertjie and Matimba chase away Balu and Stompie out of their boma (room) because they have their own. And because the younger rhinos think they are so clever, they want to eat Gertjie and Matimba’s food then go off to eat their own too. It’s actually hilarious to watch and neither of the rhinos mean any harm to the others.

  7. Lori

    The sad part is that you have been forced to turn this into a more exact science due to the cruelty of man. The good news is that wonderfully dedicated people like yourself exist in order to save and protect these magnificent creatures. I continually and perpetually salute all of you not only at HESC but the medical staff that perform these life saving and life changing procedures. Your love and dedication to these animals show us that for all the bad out there there is 7 fold good. Thank you all for your talent and your love. For people like me who cannot do more than donate small contributions but who love these animals more and more each day your actions are an extension of our hopes and dreams. There you are out in the battleground fighting the best fight. The lives of the animals. You are heroes to me.

    1. HESC

      Thank you Lori. It is because of people like you that we are able to do and further the work that we do.

  8. Lori

    The sad part is that you have been forced to turn this into a more exact science due to the cruelty of man. The good news is that wonderfully dedicated people like yourself exist in order to save and protect these magnificent creatures. I continually and perpetually salute all of you not only at HESC but the medical staff that perform these life saving and life changing procedures. Your love and dedication to these animals show us that for all the bad out there there is 7 fold good. Thank you all for your talent and your love. For people like me who cannot do more than donate small contributions but who love these animals more and more each day your actions are an extension of our hopes and dreams. There you are out in the battleground fighting the best fight. The lives of the animals. You are heroes to me.

    1. HESC

      Thank you Lori. It is because of people like you that we are able to do and further the work that we do.

  9. MOULIN Martine

    QUESTION : Il y a deux moutons avec vos 4 joyeux rhinos : Lammie (adorable et maternelle) et l’autre comment s’appelle-t-il ?
    Voir Balu courir dans tous les sens et poursuivre un des 2 moutons est une immense joie et des éclats de rire.
    Ce petit bébé est trop attendrissant, un amour.
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    QUESTION: There are two sheep with 4 happy rhinos: Lammie (sweet and maternal) and the other how is it called?
    See Balu running in all directions and pursue one of two sheep is an immense joy and laughter.
    This little baby is too pathetic, love.

    1. HESC

      Hi MOULIN Martine,
      The other sheep’s name is Nungu.

  10. MOULIN Martine

    QUESTION : Il y a deux moutons avec vos 4 joyeux rhinos : Lammie (adorable et maternelle) et l’autre comment s’appelle-t-il ?
    Voir Balu courir dans tous les sens et poursuivre un des 2 moutons est une immense joie et des éclats de rire.
    Ce petit bébé est trop attendrissant, un amour.
    —-
    QUESTION: There are two sheep with 4 happy rhinos: Lammie (sweet and maternal) and the other how is it called?
    See Balu running in all directions and pursue one of two sheep is an immense joy and laughter.
    This little baby is too pathetic, love.

    1. HESC

      Hi MOULIN Martine,
      The other sheep’s name is Nungu.

  11. lupe ibarra

    Thank you soo much.to all.

  12. lupe ibarra

    Thank you soo much.to all.

  13. MOULIN Martine

    Merci pour vos réponses.
    Je vais pouvoir mettre un nom au deuxième mouton. Nungu (joli prénom) et Lammie s’entendent à merveille.
    Pour moi, Gertjie et Matimba ne pouvaient pas faire de mal à Stompie et Balu, car à l’extérieur ils s’entendent trop bien. Ils sont adorables.
    Merci pour tout ce que vous faite pour eux. Martine
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    Thank you for your answers.
    I can put a name to the second sheep. Nungu (nice name) and Lammie get along famously.
    For me, Gertjie and Matimba could not hurt Stompie and Balu, because outside they get along too well. They are adorable.
    Thank you for everything you done for them. Martine

  14. MOULIN Martine

    Merci pour vos réponses.
    Je vais pouvoir mettre un nom au deuxième mouton. Nungu (joli prénom) et Lammie s’entendent à merveille.
    Pour moi, Gertjie et Matimba ne pouvaient pas faire de mal à Stompie et Balu, car à l’extérieur ils s’entendent trop bien. Ils sont adorables.
    Merci pour tout ce que vous faite pour eux. Martine
    —-
    Thank you for your answers.
    I can put a name to the second sheep. Nungu (nice name) and Lammie get along famously.
    For me, Gertjie and Matimba could not hurt Stompie and Balu, because outside they get along too well. They are adorable.
    Thank you for everything you done for them. Martine

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