Dr. Thomas Hildebrandt is at it again with his $100,000 ultrasound-guided "needle". Who said romance was dead?
Trying to get a one-tonne beast up the duff is a tricky business.
The scene was a blend of a formula one pit stop, an army field hospital, Old Macdonald's farm and a construction site. And that was before one took a good look at the one-tonne beast on the operating table.
Nearly 2¼ hours into surgery at Western Plains Zoo at Dubbo, Dr Thomas Hildebrandt knew he had only a few minutes before his giant, dangerous patient, a 20-year-old, critically endangered southern black rhinoceros, would have to be roused.
"For the northern white rhinoceros, this technology is the only way to save the species. It's a race against time."