We mourn the loss of poached rhinos, and root for the lucky ones, the survivors. But what does "surviving" entail?
In September of 2013, three white rhinos were poached. Their horns were cut off with a chainsaw. One died, the other two, named Dingle Dell and Lions Den survived. The cows were brought to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center where they received veterinary care. The bloody wounds inflicted on them left their sinus cavities exposed. The veterinary team performed skin transplants, the first ever on rhinos.
They have both endured numerous operations and treatments. Dingle Dell recovered within months, but Lion's Den is still healing a year and two months since the poaching. She is darted and her wounds checked regularly to monitor her recovery. Here is a pictorial of one of her treatments.