Gertjie, a baby orphaned rhino, was rescued from the wild on May 7th by the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) in South Africa after he witnessed the brutal murder of his mother by poachers. He was found next to his mother’s lifeless body, “crying inconsolably”, and had to be sedated for the transport to the HESC.
Since the traumatic experience, Gertjie has refused to sleep alone, requiring staff members to take turns comforting him at night. He is currently almost four months old and is being weaned off night feeds and taking daily walks to build up his strength.
If you want to take a peek at this magnificent animal, the HESC has set up a live channel so that you can watch Gertjie as he spends his days “taking long walks, [having] mud baths and grazing”. The team is now asking for donations so that they can continue to feed Gertjie until he is permanently weaned and reintroduced into a wildlife reserve.
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