This white rhino was left to die last spring.
Poachers entered a reserve in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, sedated the female with a dart tranquilizer, and hacked off her horns and part of the skull under them.
When the reserve’s owners found the rhino days later she was still alive.
Last week, the rhino – who has since been dubbed Hope – underwent facial reconstruction surgery intended to close up that wound. It was the sixth major surgery she has had since her horns were cut off.
The recent procedure was performed by veterinarians in northeastern South Africa, where Hope was taken in last year.
Around 80 to 120 rhinos that are attacked each year survive, but often with hideous injuries.