Video: Vets Give Baby Rhino CPR and Save It's Life
Incredible moment baby rhino’s life is saved when vets give it CPR as it undergoes surgery to have horn removed
Meha, the white rhino orphan, was having surgery in Mpumalanga, South Africa, in order to remove her horns when the sedative caused a serious reaction.
The group of vets and wildlife officers sprung into action when the rhino's heartbeat started plunging.
Dramatic video footage of the resuscitation was captured showing the power required to get the rhino's heart beating again.
As four men perform chest compressions on the animal, someone can be heard shouting, 'oxygen, we need oxygen'.
Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary co-founder, Chris de Bruno Austin, then lies on the floor next to Meha and breaths into her nose.
After several desperate minutes, the rhino finally started to breath again on her own.
The video was filmed last month by the Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary but was only uploaded to YouTube yesterday, according to 9 News.
Meha made a full recovery after the scare, according to the sanctuary, and all of the rhinos at Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary are currently being de-horned to combat a national poaching crisis.
They say removing a rhino's horns is not painful to the animal because the horns are made up of mostly keratin - the protein found in hair and nails.