Reports claim that the mother rhino was killed for her horn and the poor baby rhino was left to fend for itself.
It's never easy to cope with the loss of a loved one. But, to be separated from your mother at a very young age is simply cruel and heartbreaking. There's nothing more devastating than this, be it among humans or other animals. Poaching is quite rampant across the world, it destroys animal families, and young animals are often left to fend for themselves, thanks to humans and their greed to make more money. Recently, a heart-wrenching video of a baby rhinoceros trying to awaken its mother who was killed by poachers has gone viral on social media.
The video, shared on Twitter by Indian Forest Service officer Parveen Kaswan, was filmed in South Africa last year. It shows the mother rhino lying on the ground, lifeless, while her baby tries to wake her up desperately. At one point, the baby rhino even tries to suckle her. According to Kaswan, the mother was killed for her horn and the baby was left to fend for herself.
Looks like the bastards has not killed one , but the baby rhino ‘s life is in danger .— Kam (@kamal23180) July 2, 2019
In the background, a man's voice can be heard, revealing that baby is desperately trying to suckle some milk and wake the mother despite no response, even adding, "I can’t understand this. This is horrific to see." People were infuriated by the cruelty and injustice they saw in the video. One user commented: Sometimes I feel why did God create humans? We are worse and crueler than brutes.
Absolutely disgusting what humans can do to innocent animals 😡😢— Msmzoughi (@mrsmzoughi) July 3, 2019
Another person added: Not able to imagine how this little rhino will survive without mother. Who will feed and protect it? Such videos forced me to wish that the human race should have vanished from the earth. A third user added: Heart-wrenching. Humans are the only reason for creating an imbalance of this world and this world will end only humans. Definitely, Earth knows how to heal herself.
I hope someone helped the baby and not just took videos?? Someone needs to hunt the poachers... Bastards— TIm Weeks (@teamrope) July 3, 2019
According to Savetherhino.org: Rhino horn is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, but increasingly common is its use as a status symbol to display success and wealth. Poaching is now a threat in all rhino range states, however as South Africa is home to the majority of rhinos in the world, it is being heavily targeted. It also states that poachers are being supplied with sophisticated equipment to track and kill rhinos.
Absolutely abhorrent, the poachers should be shot on sight. No sympathy for them.— Stuart Smith (@StuartS19054414) July 3, 2019
According to traditional Chinese texts, such as Li Shih-Chen's 1597 medical text “Pen Ts’ ao Kang Mu”, rhino horn has been used in Chinese medicine for more than 2,000 years and is used to treat fever, rheumatism, gout, and other disorders. It also states that the horn could also cure snakebites, hallucinations, typhoid, headaches, carbuncles, vomiting, food poisoning, and “devil possession.” It is also commonly believed that the rhino horn can be used as an aphrodisiac, but that is not the case, sadly.
Humans will become the reason for their extinction some day— ben (@Iamben27) July 2, 2019
As Richard Ellis, author of Tiger Bone and Rhino Horn, wrote in 2005 for the EAZA Rhino Campaign’s Info Pack: “It is not clear that rhino horn serves any medicinal purpose whatsoever, but it is a testimony to the power of tradition that millions of people believe that it does. Of course, if people want to believe in prayer, acupuncture or voodoo as a cure for what ails them, there is no reason why they shouldn’t, but if animals are being killed to provide nostrums that have been shown to be useless, then there is a very good reason to curtail the use of rhino horn."
Death would be too kind for the poachers! 😡— 🏴🇬🇧 (@PaulAllen2018) July 3, 2019
"There are five species of rhinoceros and, with the exception of one subspecies of African White rhino, all are in danger of being hunted to extinction for their horns. Rhinos, as we know them, have been around for millions of years, but Dr. H. Spaiens has created a predicament from which they might never recover. It is heartbreaking to realize that the world’s rhinos are being eliminated from the face of the earth in the name of medications that probably don’t work.”
Why are humans cancerous to this planet and it’s defenceless animal inhabitants— Matt Holden (@mattyholden) July 3, 2019