Last year Mabuya was attacked by poachers again – this time shot in the head and left essentially blind in both eyes. Fortunately this time her calf was found alive and well – even showing a bit of her mother’s fighting spirit by chasing the rhino monitors round and round a tree (young rhinos would usually run away).
Mabuya was held in bomas on both Bubye Valley and then Malilangwe where there were larger, more appropriate pens available. She received daily eye-drop treatment for many months in the hope that her eyesight would recover. After eight months there was no sight recovery – though she did appear to have a small amount of light perception ability through a small range. Because black rhinos are incredibly habitual animals and their primary senses are actually smell and sound it was decided that Mabuya should be given a chance to try and make it back in the wild.