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Towards the end of May 2015, Lombardini Game Farm in South Africa’s Eastern Cape experienced a rather surreal incident of rhino horn poaching. Poachers shot and killed a sub-adult male white rhino and took the horns. A four year old female white was also discovered to be missing.

She was found a couple of days later with both her horns taken, her face badly mutilated in the process, and, bizarely, still alive! The savagery of the whole scene is enough to make anyone (except the poacher) go mad with rage. The pictures posted by the noble people at Saving The Survivors Project in their website and Facebook page were so powerful. So heartbreaking. And, surprisingly, full of Hope.

Hope is the name that this young female has been adorned with. For she embodies courage and determination for a species persecuted for sensless beliefs and superstition – in a country ravaged by rhino poaching to the point of exhaustion. She is a survivor. She is Hope.

It is 25 days today (12 June 2015) and this brave girl is still going strong. Holding on. Healing even. Saving the Survivor posted this on their Facebook page many hours ago:

HOPE UPDATE – DAY 23

Our girl seems to be taking everything in her stride. Her appetite has returned and she is grazing happily. Last night she ate all her lucern which was happily topped up by the ground crew during the night.

She is going to the “bathroom” regularly (which is very important to us vets!) and was very active in her enclosure throughout the day. We are extremely happy that she has come through the anaesthetic relatively unscathed – we can breathe a collective sigh of relief – for now. She really is a one in a million girl! “Where there is Life – There is Hope”

Posted by Saving The Survivors on Wednesday, 10 June 2015

The story of Hope is a story that you should follow and share as widely as possible. We should expose how brutal the thriving and highly organized criminal acts against our wildlife truly are. Perhaps if we all know, we can stop the buyer, and thus end the trade, and consequently, poaching.

If you can support the Saving The Survivors Project, please head over to their website for more information.

I will say again, you should really like their Facebook Page for regular updates on Hope’s journey to health.

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Towards the end of May 2015, Lombardini Game Farm in South Africa's Eastern Cape experienced a rather surreal incident of rhino horn poaching. Poachers shot and killed a sub-adult male white rhino and took the horns. A four year old female white was also discovered to be missing. She was...
Towards the end of May 2015, Lombardini Game Farm in South Africa's Eastern Cape experienced a rather surreal incident of rhino horn poaching. Poachers shot and killed a sub-adult male white rhino and took the horns. A four year old female white was also discovered to be missing. She was found a couple of days later with both her horns taken, her face badly mutilated in the process, and, bizarely, still alive! The savagery of the whole scene is enough to make anyone (except the poacher) go mad with rage. The pictures posted by the noble people at <a href="http://savingthesurvivors.co.za/" target="_blank">Saving The Survivors Project</a> in their website and Facebook page were so powerful. So heartbreaking. And, surprisingly, full of Hope. Hope is the name that this young female has been adorned with. For she embodies courage and determination for a species persecuted for sensless beliefs and superstition - in a country ravaged by rhino poaching to the point of exhaustion. She is a survivor. She is Hope. It is 25 days today (12 June 2015) and this brave girl is still going strong. Holding on. Healing even. Saving the Survivor posted this on their Facebook page many hours ago: <script>// <![CDATA[ (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_GB/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); // ]]></script> <div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/savingthesurvivors/posts/907367489304559" data-width="500"> <div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"> <blockquote cite="https://www.facebook.com/savingthesurvivors/posts/907367489304559">HOPE UPDATE - DAY 23 Our girl seems to be taking everything in her stride. Her appetite has returned and she is grazing happily. Last night she ate all her lucern which was happily topped up by the ground crew during the night. She is going to the "bathroom" regularly (which is very important to us vets!) and was very active in her enclosure throughout the day. We are extremely happy that she has come through the anaesthetic relatively unscathed - we can breathe a collective sigh of relief - for now. She really is a one in a million girl! "Where there is Life - There is Hope" Posted by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/savingthesurvivors" target="_blank">Saving The Survivors</a> on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/savingthesurvivors/posts/907367489304559" target="_blank">Wednesday, 10 June 2015</a></blockquote> </div> </div> The story of Hope is a story that you should follow and share as widely as possible. We should expose how brutal the thriving and highly organized criminal acts against our wildlife truly are. Perhaps if we all know, we can stop the buyer, and thus end the trade, and consequently, poaching. If you can support the Saving The Survivors Project, please head over to their <a href="http://savingthesurvivors.co.za/" target="_blank">website </a>for more information. I will say again, you should really like their <a href="https://www.facebook.com/savingthesurvivors" target="_blank">Facebook Page</a> for regular updates on Hope's journey to health.