After about five minutes of struggling along, he started to wobble and his huge bulk went down and all the conservationists went into action, taking samples for ongoing monitoring. The vet uses a chainsaw to de-horn. It’s quicker and less stressful for the rhino. The plan is to de-horn the rhino every 18 months to deter the poachers.
I think each and every one of us shed a tear watching this brutal, but necessary, process. When it was finished and purple gentian violet had been applied to the area, we all got back in the jeep and watched as he struggled to his feet and lumbered off to catch up with his buddies, blissfully unaware of his new brightly coloured fashion statement. A purple stump.