Jazz, the young Giraffe who arrived at the Rhino Orphanage after his mom abandoned him, is doing well thanks to the comfort of a helpful dog.
Location withheld for safety reasons – The Rhino Orphanage received a call from a nearby landowner who had found a very weak giraffe calf in need of medical care. Staff rushed to the site and found the giraffe calf, thought to be around 2 to 3 days old, barely awake, dehydrated and very weak.
They quickly took the giraffe back to their facilities and started him on a drip to help rehydrate him. The poor little orphan had slipped into a coma but was responding well to the treatment.
“The baby was very comatose for the first 18 hours but started showing signs of waking up. Further IV fluids were administered and it seems like the little boy is getting stronger. He managed to stand up a few times with the help of our carers and walked around this evening on very unsure legs.
Baby giraffes are notorious for being labour intensive and difficult to get on a bottle. And Jazz has proved no different. Their height (about 1.8m) also doesn’t make it any easier. But we have a few tricks up our sleeves that will hopefully pay off.”
Since the arrival of baby Jazz, the Rhino Orphanage has been abuzz with activity. They are used to caring for rhino orphans but not giraffe orphans. Their anti-poaching dog, Hunter, has formed a deep bond with Jazz that has everyone’s hearts exploding with love.
“Our anti-poaching and security dog, Hunter, has fallen head over heels for the little giraffe and has claimed ownership since Jazz’s arrival. He stays in the room all day with Jazz and the carers and doesn’t allow his brother Duke close. So concerned was Hunter about Jazz when he was in a coma that he did not want to eat. Now that baby is doing better Hunter has his appetite back too. What a special animal he is and so proud to have him on our Team.”
The staff are hoping that rehabilitating Jazz will be easier than they expect. As mentioned above, raising giraffe can be difficult.