Note from Dr. Steven Best: “IT IS TIME TO STEP UP THE BATTLE A QUANTUM LEAP. THIS IS THE TIME OF CRISIS, THE MOMENT OF DECISION, THE CROSSROADS OF DO-OR-DIE! FROM AFRICA TO BORNEO, FROM ROMANIA TO THE US, FROM CANADA TO CHINA (SEE MY FACEBOOK PAGE!), IF IT IS NOT OBVIOUS MURDERERS RULE THIS PLANET, ARE PROTECTED BY THE STATE, AND WILL TAKE EVERY LAST INDIVIDUAL OF EVERY LAST SPECIES UNLESS WE STOP THEM, WHEN WILL IT BE OBVIOUS? STEP IT UP, UP, AND UP 10 LEVELS HIGHER. THE GLOVES ARE OFF. FUCK THEIR RULES, INVENT YOUR OWN, AND FIGHT TO WIN!”
“We simply have to find a way of stopping. We need to tell the world what these animals are going through.” -Dr. Fowlds.
Statement of Kariega Game Reserve in Africa
We, Kariega Game Reserve, are releasing this footage in an effort to spread the utter heartache felt by all the Kariega team, and as a tribute to Dr William Fowlds and all of our team that had to endure this! We are so grateful to all out there that have supported us! THANK YOU.
We are indebted to PAUL MILLS the videographer that filmed these images. This is what he wrote after filming this!
“The saddest news is that Themba, the male Rhino from Kariega died this morning. We went to see him yesterday and he seemed to be holding on, and his blood test results from Tuesday seemed to indicate that he was in some way winning the fight. But observation of his condition meant that we went to see him yesterday, unsure whether or not he should be euthanized. Will decided to assess his behaviour, and for his efforts was chased on few occasions. Because he demonstrated such spunky behaviour, he had a treatment and we left him. The last time I saw him alive, he was standing in this beautiful landscape, with the sun shining.
In order to relieve the pain from his leg, he went into the watering hole, as he has done in the past. Sadly, he just didn’t have the strength to pull himself out of the water and apparently drowned. The people at Kariega are in shock, I am in shock. We were all crying, I am crying now writing this. For me he was a personal symbol of the ability to fight against all odds. Yesterday I wrote on the update video that my hope was that he would be a success story. The update video was about to go out this morning when I got the call from Will. I know that Will Fowlds is particularly affected by this turn of events. He was weeping aloud while talking to me about this. Ironically the name Themba means ‘hope’”.