South Africa: vets struggle to treat hurt rhinos
A mural painted on a suburban wall in Johannesburg, South Africa calls for the halt to rhino poaching, Friday, Dec. 18, 2013 in a bid to save the species from extinction due to killings for the rhinos horn. Veterinarians are racing to learn more about rhino anatomy so they can swiftly treat survivors of attacks by poachers whose arsenal has included assault rifles, high-caliber weapons that can fell a rhino with a single shot and drug-tipped darts that knock it out. The big five game animals referred to in the mural as the "big four" in the future, are lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhino. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2013 12:00 am
Updated: 5:08 pm, Tue Mar 25, 2014.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) - A high-value target survives two attempts on her life. After recovering from multiple gunshot wounds, she is secretly moved to an undisclosed location in hopes that the killers won't track her down again.
This isn't a Hollywood thriller about a hunted witness in a police protection program. It is the tale of Phila, one of a growing number of rhinoceroses that survive horrific injuries during attempts by poachers to hack off their horns. With her horns still intact, Phila is a rare survivor of a surge in rhino killings in South Africa, home to most of the world's rhinos.
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Saturday, January 19, 2013 12:00 am.
Updated: 5:08 pm.