I was asked by Jim McIntosh from Holes in my Soles to participate in his Magnificent Monday event. This week the topic is about Nature Conservation which as a South African, is near and dear to my heart. If you are participating in the event, please leave your link in the comment section and I will pop in to have a look.
Not recommended for sensitive viewers – explicit images!
This is the story of ABSA.
ABSA was one of the first rhinos who were reintroduced to the Western Cape in over 250 years after being shot out by hunters. Last week ABSa and 2 other rhinos, including a female calf that he fathered were attacked by two groups of poachers.
Poachers were busy cutting off the horn of a rhino when they were disturbed in the Aguila Private Game Reserve in Worcester, South Africa. The rhino was ABSA. First they darted him and then they descended upon him like a group of vultures. The first horn had already been hacked off with a chain saw. He was still alive when he was found.
Another 6- year-old male rhino was not so fortunate and both his horns were hacked off with a machete, a long knife. A female rhino, 4 years old, was darted but not de-horned. (The surviving rhino was one of the two fathered by Absa).
Shocked? Sad? Outraged? Any normal person would be, but not a poacher. For him/her it is all about the money. He/She is a cold-blooded monster who would not give a dying and bleeding rhino another look. Or I guess any other animal for that matter, especially one where he/he could get monetary gain from.
One day – one dead rhino and another seriously injured.
But the story does not end here. Rescuers frantically tried to safe Absa who has suffered tremendous blood loss by now. When they examined him they found that the poachers were already half way through the second horn. He was found lying in a position that could cause massive organ and muscle damage.
Vets tried all night to safe Absa but he passed away.
This is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do …. I have just had confirmation from the vets in the field…. ABSA did not make it through the night…. he passed away early this morning… Rest in peace now my friend….. #aquilarhino – Facebook page
A nation mourned. Not just for Absa but for the 153 rhinos that were poached in the last year. People wore a black ribbon on 1 September in memory of our rhinos who have lost the fight against poachers.
Our nation are at war! Against the poachers but especially against countries like China who are selling rhino-horn products. People feel helpless. How do you help to save the rhinos and our wildlife. How do you contribute to nature conservation? Times are difficult and people don´t always have the money to contribute. How can one person make a difference?
Personally I believe we can all start to create the awareness. Shout it out to the world. RHINO POACHING IS A DISGRACE! Stumble this, Tweet it, Digg it…spread the word. Secondly our authorities need to take a stance against countries who are known for dealing in rhino-horn products.There will always be poachers if there is a market for these products.
ABSA a week ago I did not know your name…now I will never forget it! R.I.P. big fellow!