In early December 2021, an orphaned baby rhino was found by rangers in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, fighting to survive the newborn rhino was in trouble. She’d fallen into a boggy hole, and she was too tiny and too weak to get herself out. The rhino calf was extremely weak and unable to stand.
“After removing their boots and rolling up their trousers, the rangers clambered into the swamp area to extract the baby,” Amie Alden, communication and media officer for the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT), told. “Being so tiny, they were able to carry Maarifa [the baby] in their arms to safety.”
She had to be transported by helicopter to the Care For Wild Rhino Sanctuary in South Africa, where she was rushed to the [ɪɴᴛᴇɴsɪᴠᴇ. ᴄᴀʀᴇ. ᴜɴɪᴛ (ICU)].
Just some weeks before, a zebra foal was found motionless and barely breathing in Kruger National Park, after heavy rains and storms. Named Modjadji, the baby zebra was thought to be just a week old and was admitted to the sanctuary’s (ICU) to be treated.
In the wild, these two adorable babies would probably never have met. But at the Care For Wild Rhino Sanctuary, the baby rhino and zebra foal have become unlikely friends and are helping each other heal and grow stronger.
Luckily, both of these orphaned babies pulled through after being provided with round-the-clock care and feeding. Daisy required other treatments to boost her immune system and help her maintain her body temperature, since she was too young when she was found and did not receive colostrum from her mother.
“Rhinos are very social animals and require companionship. Modjadji is fantastic company for Daisy and very affectionate towards her. They cuddle together at night which gives Daisy comfort and security. She is a friend that can be with her 24/7 and this in turn helps to prevent too much human contact with Daisy.”