Kayla-Milan (Milan) was the second orphan to arrive at Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary on the 16th August 2018. Her arrival was preceded by fellow orphan Sophia who arrived earlier that morning.
Milan’s mother was killed the night before in the Malalane area of the Kruger National Park (KNP). San Parks Veterinarian Dr Peter Buss darted the calf and flew her to the sanctuary accompanied by Head Ranger Don English and Helicopter Pilot Grant Knight. She landed just after 5pm and was taken immediately to the ICU.
For the first 48 hours, Milan shared the ICU as well as the attention of the staff with her now best friend, Sophia. Although Milan did not sustain any injuries, she was still very frightened and refused to drink milk from a bottle. Milan drank only from a silver platter for the first five days and only later took to the bottle after staff worked hard to gain her trust.
While Milan was discharged from ICU quickly, little Sophia would spend another eight weeks under intensive care. On the 8th of October 2018, Sophia was discharged from ICU and introduced to Milan; the two have been inseparable ever since.
These days Milan is one of the oldest and biggest orphans in the rehabilitation phase. She is never far from Sophia or the newest addition to her crash, little Sparkle.
Milan has grown into an incredibly playful and cheeky rhino calf. Whether its hot, cold, raining or sunshine, Milan wants to play! Her bountiful energy knows no bounds! She will take every opportunity to run, scratch, gallop and frolic and is an absolute delight!