Abandoned baby rhino recovers after befriending zebra foal

Abandoned baby rhino recovers after befriending zebra foal

Rhinos have been threatened for many years, with poaching and habitat destruction also playing key roles in their plight.

Animal lovers, environmentalists, and conservationists have been working relentlessly to eliminate poaching and protect the species.

A wildlife reserve in South Africa is doing its part by rescuing, rehabilitating, and protecting orphaned rhinos.

Care For Wild Rhino Sanctuary is the world’s largest rhino orphan sanctuary, and they give a second chance to many juvenile rhinos each year.

Daisy, one of the rhinos placed into their care, was very distressed.

Rangers found her after she was abandoned by her mother and called the sanctuary for help.

At just a few days old, Daisy wasn’t doing well. She didn’t have her mother, she didn’t have colostrum or her mother’s milk, and she was in desperate need of a miracle.

Thankfully, sanctuary workers weren’t going to give up on her and worked around the clock to offer her bottles, probiotics, and care.

The rescue shared on Instagram that Daisy suffered a “nasty umbilical infection,” which caused stiffness in her joins.

She required a plasma transfusion and constant supervision. While she was surrounded by human care, the little rhino ended up finding the most comfort in an animal friend, a zebra who lived at the sanctuary named Modjadji.

As Daisy underwent treatments and grew to be stronger, she and Modjadji became inseparable.

They could often be found cuddling together, lying side-by-side, and nuzzling one another. For Daisy, the sweet zebra seemed to be like the mother she never had.

The rescue shared with GeoBeats Animals that the two of them formed an “instant friendship” and it “just worked.”

They may not be a likely pair of friends, but their bond is something that can’t be replaced.

You can keep up with Daisy, Modjadji, and the other sanctuary animals on Instagram, @careforwild.

This article by Malorie Thompson was first published by OneGreenPlanet on 1 February 2022. Lead Image Source : Rudi Hulshof / Shutterstock.

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