Scottish student critical after being attacked by rhino in Zululand game reserve
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Durban - A Scottish game ranger student was being cared for in a KwaZulu-Natal hospital after sustaining critical injuries after an encounter with a black rhino in Northern Zululand.
Paul Herbst of IPSS Medical Rescue said paramedics were contacted and informed that the game ranger student had been on foot in a private reserve when he was trampled and gored by the rhino.
“The incident occurred earlier today (Wednesday) and prompted a search and rescue operation by IPSS Search and Rescue as well as anti-poaching units in the area. The student was located and preparations for evacuation were initiated,” Herbst said.
“The student was stabilized before being transported in a critical condition by road, by KZN Private,” he said.
According to National Geographic, black rhinos have an attack-first-and-ask-questions-later attitude when it catches an unfamiliar scent. Blakc rhinos are likely to charge at anything unfamiliar and have a reputation, because of their bad eyesight, of sometimes charging into objects like trees and rocks, mistaking them as threats.
However, rhinos have keen senses of smell and hearing.