Extinction has been the woes of many species, especially in the wild. Poachers and illegal hunters had run rampant in many parts of the world. The northern white rhinos are among the animal species on the verge of extinction – there are only two remaining in the world. Hence, it is crucial to keep them protected.
To keep the two rhinos safe from poachers, a Springer Spaniel has been assigned to be their guardian. He is an adorable pup named Drum. He was handpicked and trained by Animals Saving Animals to help wildlife protectors in Kenya. He will be staying at the Ol Pejeta reserve to sniff out poachers in the Kenyan forest. He will be defending the last two rhinos against those who are dead set in taking their horns for ivory.
Drum is just 10-months old but already making a significant impact on wildlife preservation. His job will include a daily schedule of sniffing out guns and ammunition that is usually smuggled by hunters. Drum will be working closely with his handler – an elite anti-poaching unit named John Mamba. The two of them, along with watchtowers, radio transmitters, and fences, will be the round-the-clock protection of the rhinos.
To be more productive and have great teamwork, Drum and John undergo more training sessions and on-the-ground practices. A representative from the reserve said that the pup is acclimatizing perfectly in Ol Pejeta. Drum will join the reserve’s K-9 unit as a search dog and be deployed at entry points. He will assist in searching vehicles for prohibited items and help in the team’s recovery missions.
Meanwhile, Daryll Pleasants, who runs Animals Saving Animals, said that he trained Drum and that he is perfect for it. He has high energy drive and, at just four months old, was able to sniff out scents from 12 identical boxes. According to Daryll, the reserve will be perfect for Drum to run around and spend his energy on.
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