Daisy was rescued on the 9th of December 2021. She was just a few hours old when she arrived at Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary. Daisy’s feet were still wet from the womb and her umbilical cord was still attached. She was extremely immune-compromised and developed several health complications that required round the clock care and treatment. When she was just a few days old she received a plasma transfusion to help boost her immune system and still receives milk every 2-3 hours throughout the day and night. Daisy has been one of our most challenging calves.
Daisy is now just under 4 months old but she is not yet eating solids. Due to her compromised state on arrival, she is a little behind in her development. For some time Daisy has been playing with grass and taking strands into her mouth but she has not yet mastered the art of pulling and tearing.
Over the last week, caregivers noticed that Daisy wasn’t quite herself. She developed an upset tummy and began to grind her teeth Veterinarian Dr Albertus Coetzee visited Daisy for a full examination. Daisy was immobilised and carried through to the examination area. Dr Albertus drew blood samples for testing and gave her more plasma intravenously.
He then took x-rays of Daisy’s mouth and used an oral camera to check inside.
Dr Albertus confirmed that Daisy is teething. Although some of her teeth have started to come through, most of them are erupting at the same time which can be quite uncomfortable, as anyone with children will relate to! Weare reviewing Daisy’s nutrition and she has been given a programme to help manage her teething discomfort.
With Modjadji close by, Daisy is already feeling a bit better.