This is Arthur the White Rhino. When Arthur was one month old poachers killed his mother in front of him. He tried to protect her body from the poachers but they hacked him with a machete severely injuring his spine and right front leg. He was found lying next to his mother’s body. The pictures are hard to look at and they make me a little sick every time I see them, but it is crucial for everyone to know what is happening to these animals.
Arthur was lucky enough to be rescued by @careforwild . Founded by Petronel Nieuwoudt in 2001, Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary is the biggest orphan rhino orphanage and sanctuary in the world. Arthur has had to undergo several procedures to save his life but he is recovering. You don’t have to spend long with these animals to know that they experience emotions just as we do, and that they miss their mothers terribly.
After finding out about Arthur I began talking with @careforwild to come up with a way to help. In the wild these baby rhino would snuggle up to their mothers for warmth at night. The nights are arguably when they miss their mothers the most. The folks at care for wild heat the Bomas that they keep the babies in to keep them warm and as happy as possible.
The heating bill is roughly 250 USD a month. So this is going to be my goal. I’ve started a gofundme account- gofundme.com/j4fjr-orphan-rhino-rescue I’ve already paid for the first month, and I am going to do whatever I can to cover the months moving forward, but I will likely need help. So if you’re reading this and you feel like helping keep some baby rhinos warm please donate. Any amount helps. If you can’t donate I understand, there are other ways to help:
1. Repost this so other people can see it
2. Follow @careforwild so you can be aware of what’s happening and help spread the word about their cause
Finally, to my loved ones who always tell me that I am a notoriously difficult person to buy a present for. This is what I want moving forward - A donation to my “Baby Rhino warming” project.
Thank you to anyone who took the time to read all of this, I appreciate you.
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