A white rhino orphan named Kolisi was recently caught on camera running around after he suffered extensive trauma to the bone and tendons in his hind foot.
According to Getaway Magazine, Kolisi was attacked by hyenas in 2019 and rescued and rehabilitated by The Rhino Orphanage with a team of experts tending to his leg. Now, Kolisi got the go-ahead to have some time out in the “big boma” for the first time without the supportive brace he had worn for six months.
“And never have we seen a more exciting rhino. Not even much-loved pellets could keep him in one spot,” the orphanage said on Facebook. “Kolisi is allowed four hours big boma time per day for a few days to gradually introduce more exercise to his foot. We could see his foot was sore so he will be kept in tomorrow for a bit of rest.”
Kolisi is mostly kept in a smaller space so that they can monitor his foot and help it heal.
The Rhino Orphanage is a registered non-profit company based in the Limpopo Province and was founded by Arrie van Deventer in 2012. The orphanage is the first specialist, dedicated, non-commercial centre that cares for orphaned and injured baby rhinos with the only aim of releasing them back into the wild. It was created as the result of a lack of a specialized place for rearing baby rhinos who have been orphaned as a consequence of the current poaching crisis which feeds the illegal trade in horns.
Baby rhinos are hand-reared by the rehabilitation staff, a milk substitute is fed as well as supplementary food. Exercise is encouraged by daily walks in which the rhinos also have the opportunity to graze and browse in the bush. The rhinos are split in groups according to ages and how depending they are on their human moms. Natural behaviour such as playing and wallowing are highly encouraged and are developed normally if rhinos are socialized with other rhinos. Health checks, diets and medical problems are treated by specialized veterinary staff. Human contact is restricted to prevent the imprinting of rhinos to humans and in the future turn them into problem animals when in adulthood.