Baby Rhino Rescued

A rhino just three weeks old was rescued after poachers killed its mother in South Africa. They also hit the calf with a machete, thought the calf has no horn, and was not a danger to them. What kind of people hit a defenseless baby with a machete? Apparently the same kind that shoot innocent rhinos to remove their horns. A veterinarian who helped rescue the baby said, “Few people get so angry at the poachers like we do who work on the scene. It does not help that the poachers get caught, because they walk free.” (Source:

He was referencing the fact that, though some laws are on the books to protect rhinos, if they are not enforced, they are worthless. This year in South Africa, rhino killings have increased with 287 so far. One protection strategy involves de-horning rhinos before poachers can get to them, to deter the killings but sometimes poachers kill them anyway out of spite, and to make sure they don’t waste their time hunting them again.

Rhino horn, though medically useless, is commanding such high prices that even horns from museums on stuffed rhinos are being stolen. A single gang in England is believed to be responsible for such thefts.

The devastation of rhinos for their horns, which have been proven scientifically to have no health benefits, is one of the modern era’s great tragedies, and it is mainly because of superstition.

Another strategy is educating the public about the fact that rhino horn doesn’t, and never did, have any magical or medical powers. The President of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) and President of Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM), Lixin Huang has publicly said that rhino horn is no longer approved for use in traditional Chinese medicine. It was believed back in the 16th century that rhino horn could cure “devil possession” and hallucinations. Neither devil possession nor the effects of rhino horn on it have any evidence. And eating keratin, which is the same material as in fingernails, has no effect on hallucinations.

The question is, will there be a cure for a widespread cultural ignorance that is killing so many rhinos, (and other other species) they might be wiped out? Will the consumers who are wasting their money buying medically useless rhino horn ever realize how many innocent animals they have helped kill, and how much money was wasted at the same time?

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Roberto MARINI
Roberto M2 years ago

thank you for this nice article

Winn Adams
Winn A5 years ago


Melinda K.
Past Member 6 years ago

Great comment Robin, green star to you.

Nimue Pendragon

Ditto, Robin, what a marvellous idea!

Robin R.
Robin R6 years ago

Jo L has a great idea. Even better - let's start a new superstition that killing a poacher has even more magical power than the horn of a rhino... then maybe people will start going after the real life monsters.

Gianna Macias
Gianna Macias6 years ago

These criminals are along with the criminals that beat BABY seals, shoot dogs because they are not producing money any more and farm bears for their bile. There are so many cruel people.

Jo L.
jo L6 years ago

If there were a bounty on the lives of the poachers, the community would become involved. These people are too poor and ignorant to care about the lives of animals, so make their involvement worthwhile! A reward/bounty paid for a poacher puts money in the hands of the community and will in turn cause them to see the lives of rhinos as VALUABLE and takes out the poachers... all in one shot! Win-win all around!

Sue H.
Sue H.6 years ago

Thank you so much for writing this and helping to get the word out that it might stop before it is too late for the Rino!!

Danuta Watola
Danuta W6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Beverly G.
bev g6 years ago

AGREE with Muriel S. , Lydia P,.. CArol K, these poor poor animals just living there life and the poor baby being hurt for nothing. Its so so sad and evil MAN for GREED and MONEY. When will it ever get sorted?. They have a right to live. So cruel . Its upsets me so much, my heart bleeds very time i see this cruelty to animals. These people need to be shot.