A Baby Rhino Tries To Adopt Passing Cars For Safety After Its Mother Was Killed By Poachers

This little baby rhino lost its mother to poachers in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. According to The Dodo/The South African, the little rhino named Donnie was trying to adopt passing cars as its new mother, a phenomenon known as imprinting. This is ‘associative learning where animals recognise an individual or object as its parent’, and apparently baby animals often follow safari vehicles after losing their parents.

Luckily for little Donnie he was found by Debbie English, a fourth year veterinary science student, and her father Don, a regional ranger at the park.

Don had to traquilize Donnie, and he was airlifted to the Care For Wild Africa organisation.

Apparently he is doing very well, drinking all his milk and being very playful. It will be some time, however, before he can be reintroduced into the wild.