Inspiring Photos Of Proud Rhinos Who Are Thankfully Still Alive.
In Vietnam, there is an ancient practice of traditional healing that involves the use of powdered rhino horns. Rhino horns were used in various traditional healing scenarios, treating everything from the common cold to cancer. Unfortunately, this practice doesn't translate well the present: Rhinos are an extremely endangered species, and there are a number of modern medicines that can treat what rhino horn was believed to treat in the past.
One group of traditional practitioners in Vietnam has recognized this, and have take a vow not to use it. Currently, the group is hosting workshops about the toll that rhino poaching is taking on the population of the species. And another amazing thing is happening as well: The rhinos themselves are continuing to survive and thrive.
This rhino is named Thandi. In 2012, she survived a brutal poaching attack that left two other rhinos dead.
Thandi required twelve surgeries to heal the enormous wound left by poachers who took her horn. Now, she is doing well.
In fact, she even gave birth to a calf this year. The little one's name is Thembi. Clearly, the loss of her horn isn't going to affect Thandi's quality of life.
Then there's Hope. She's a four-year-old rhino who was left for dead after poachers brutally hacked off her horn.
Hope had a major surgery, and two weeks later, she appears to be doing incredibly well.
In addition to the rhinos that survive these brutal attacks, there are plenty of those that don't. Rhinos that perish after horn removal often leave behind babies, who must learn to be survivors on their own.
There are special places where these rhino babies go, like The Rhino Orphanage, where they all learn to depend on each other.
Though rhino poaching isn't totally eradicated, it's only a matter of time. Until then, we can take comfort in the inspiring stories of these animals, who have survived against all odds.
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