Dear Friends, this is David Telbat. While researching for the Prequel, Distant Boundary, in my new novel series, The COIL Legacy, I found some shocking information about rhino poaching. I also noticed a spiritual lesson worth sharing with you from this interesting research. Join us today, but watch out for charging rhinos!
Rhino Poaching at its Ugliest
Distant Boundary takes place in Zimbabwe, Africa, home of the white and the black rhinos. (Fact: There isn’t actually a “white” rhino. It’s a mispronunciation that stuck from the word “wide” in reference to the wider-mouthed rhino in comparison to the black rhino.)
An eight-pound rhino horn will fetch up to $360,000, usually in the Asian market, which rivals the price of gold. In China and Vietnam, the horn is ground into powder and used in traditional (as in superstitious) medicines. Yemeni tribesmen also tote their ceremonial dagger handles taken from these endangered animals.
A rhino is tracked easily after finding its toilet. Today, poachers drive up and shoot the beasts, placing a bullet six inches behind the eye. Using a pen knife, they slice around the seam of the dead animal’s horn base, and the horn pops off. No saw is necessary. The carcass is left for wild dogs and hyenas.
Kill for a Little, or Live for a Lot
What only few people know–mostly just rhino hunters and poachers–is that you don’t have to kill a rhino to harvest its horn. Greedy poachers kill these beasts because the alternative requires time and attention. A hunter could tranquilize a rhino, and instead of taking the whole horn, he could cut three inches above the base, leaving it to grow back in two years!
So, imagine, a hunter could get many times the money from a single rhino if he would only take a little at a time. Someone who cares, in other words, will apply just the right attention so as not to harm or kill the rhino.
The Rhino-Christian Application
Some of us are like rhinos. We charge blindly through the day, crashing into everyone around us. When we realize we need help, we sometimes turn to worldly therapies and counselors, and they end up destroying us with their false hopes and theories.
Then, we finally turn to God. He cuts off enough of our horn of pride to settle our flesh, not so as to hurt or kill us, but to show us His love and care as a Father who disciplines His children.
The world’s cutting will damage and destroy, but there is great value in God’s cutting. All it takes is time and attention from Someone who cares.
I hope you enjoy Distant Boundary. This story is just the beginning!
See you on the next page!
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