Adorable Baby Rhino and Baby Zebra Have Become the Best of Friends!
Photo Cred: Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary 

An orphaned 12-hour-old baby rhino and rescued 1-week-old baby zebra – who are the best of friends – are giving us all the feels!!!


Undisclosed Location, South Africa (07 January 2022) – A baby rhino and baby zebra – both rescued shortly after birth – have become the best of friends… and captured the hearts of everyone who reads their story.

On the 9th of December 2021, the Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary team received a calf – now named Daisy – who was thought to be around 12 hours old. Discovered and rescued by the SANParks team during a routine operation in the Kruger, she could not stand, and her umbilical cord was still attached. The little calf was incredibly weak and extremely vulnerable.

“This tiny, miniature rhino instantly climbed into our hearts. She looked prehistoric with her oversized feet, droopy lips and hairy ears, yet she was so unbelievably vulnerable. Her immune system is massively compromised without colostrum from her mother, and she is extremely vulnerable to illness. She is an incredibly challenging calf to stabilise and requires round the clock intensive care.”

The team rallied together to save this little baby’s life. This meant having a caregiver spend every second with her exactly like her mother would, feeding her hourly and watching her vitals while praying for a miracle.

Modjadji, a young zebra foal, was also rescued after the severe storms. Her name means ‘rain queen’, and she too is a little miracle.

“Modjadji was found around the same time as Daisy. She was found motionless and barely breathing. Estimated to be under a week old, the tiny baby was in a very bad condition. The team had to work around the clock to stabilise her.”

Four weeks later and both these little babies are doing so well. The two little miracles may be orphans but have become the best of friends and found family in each other.

Friendship comes in all different shapes, sizes and situations. And sometimes, the strongest of friendships form during the hardest of times. Human or animal, everyone needs a friend to tell them you’re not alone; we’ll get through this together.

“It takes an immense amount of dedication, hard work, passion and commitment to raise these little ones, but most of all, it takes an open and willing heart, strong enough to carry these babies through their darkest times. For our team of caregivers, the motivation and strength is ignited by the knowledge that one day, these small orphans will be rehabilitated, rewilded and released.

They are the future of the species, and they represent hope for us all.”

Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary work tirelessly to rescue, rehabilitate and rewild animals. Please consider making a donation towards the ongoing care and support of little Daisy and Modjadji.

Adorable Baby Rhino and Baby Zebra Have Become the Best of Friends!
Photo Cred: Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary
Adorable Baby Rhino and Baby Zebra Have Become the Best of Friends!
Photo Cred: Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary

Sources: Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary 
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