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SOS Rhino : In the News : Condition of rhino victim unchanged

Condition of rhino victim unchanged

  Posted Thu, 23 Sep 2004
South Africa

A University of Port Elizabeth research assistant remained in intensive care on Thursday after she was gored by a black rhinoceros in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday.

Spokesperson for the Bay Hospital in Richards Bay, Barbara Moore, said Kirsten Bond "had a stable night" and was still in a critical but stable condition.

She said Bond had undergone surgery on Monday and Tuesday, and was on a ventilator.

Meanwhile the head of the university's Zoology department, Prof Graham Kerley, said the institution would "obviously" pay all medical costs as Bond was injured on duty.

He said Bond was collecting rhino dung as part of their research when a black rhino stormed into an enclosure where she was working and attacked her.

Kerley said the department was working on an international project with the San Diego Zoological fraternity to develop ways of conserving black rhino through understanding their behaviour.

He said Bond was part of a team and the rest of the group would continue with the work although "they are all very cautious".


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