Cape Town - Relatives, friends and fans alike are relieved that SA wildlife conservation icon and NatGeo Explorer in Residence Beverly Joubert has been moved from ICU after a Buffalo charged her and husband Derek in the Okavango.
The award-winning South African documentary filmmakers were charged by the buffalo while they were walking to dinner in their camp in the Okavango-delta in Botswana two weeks ago. Both were injured, Beverly quite severely, and she was admitted to ICU.
'Derek suffered bone fractures while the horn caused extensive damage to Beverly'
While it was just two weeks ago on 4 March, they admit it feels like a lifetime ago.
"Dereck suffered some bone fractures, but Beverly was seriously injured, with the horn causing extensive damage. Dereck’s actions that night certainly saved her at that point.
"Four operations later, and the revelation that major arteries, organs and her spine were all miraculously missed, it’s become clear that Beverly has fought fiercely and finally seems to be out of immediate danger."
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"There is obviously a lot of recovery still to come. However, she has walked, she has had sutures removed and she asks after the well being of others rather than herself."
"We are thrilled with the progress so far and optimistic that this remarkable spirit of Beverly’s will see her through the healing process still to come."
And while the couple expressed their gratitude for the concern and incredible support - as has been their life's work, Beverly has urged doctors to help her make a speedy recovery so she could get back to doing what she does best.
'Heal fast because she has rhino to move'
After a very long and tough week, we think that a corner has finally been turned when Beverly told her Doctors that she needed to heal fast because she has rhino to move.
"This is a statement typical of her undeniable strength and one which warmed our hearts because we knew she would never give up easily and that her first thoughts as usual were for the wildlife she has spent her life protecting."
"Thank you once again for all the incredible support that has been received from all over the world. Dereck and Beverly are immensely touched by all your wishes."
Well wished from near and far
The update to the Big Cat Conservation page on Friday saw over 1.4k reactions on their Facebook page, hundreds of comments and 142 shares.
The Rhinos Without Borders crowd funding campaign,is part of the Joubert's Big Cat Conservation project and is specifically to raise money for the translocation of rhino, with each rhino costing $45 000 each. This includes all aspects of the operation such as capture, quarantine, transport, release and monitoring - Click here to find out more