Veterinarians try novel surgery on rhino poaching survivor

Veterinarians at Saving the Survivors, a rescue group that rescues and treats rhinos that have survived poaching attacks, attempted a new-to-animals treatment for a rhino named Hope with a gaping wound left by poachers. Veterinarian Johan Marais, who founded the organization, said 60% of the rhino’s wound had healed prior to the surgery. In the latest procedure, veterinarians placed flexible cords intended for use in human gastric surgery across the wound in an effort to help it close. Now they must keep Hope from removing the bandages as she has done after past surgeries.

The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (5/13)

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