Michelle Reed

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Tue, 7 Jul, 2015

A young orphaned rhino finds a home

A young orphaned rhino finds a home

Following a tragic turn of events, an orphaned rhino has found a loving home at a South African rehab centre.

The young rhinoceros, who has been named Gertjie, witnessed the barbaric slaying of his mother. Poachers killed the older rhino to obtain her horn, which can be sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars on the black market.

Gertjie was found huddled amongst his mother’s immobile body. The inconsolable baby rhino was sedated and taken to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center for aid.

At first the poor infant was unable to sleep and couldn’t stop crying, so staff took turns sleeping with Gertjie to help comfort him. Now, the rhino has found solace in friendship, befriending the centre’s sheep, Lammie.

Gertjie is now the face of rhino conservation in South Africa and his story is helping to raise awareness against the inhumane practice of rhino poaching.

Photo source: HESC

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