The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center (HESC) posted on Facebook a few days ago saying a field guide on one of their neighbouring properties had noticed a baby rhino being rejected by his mother. The mother would repeatedly push him away as he tried to get close to her to suckle. They don’t know the reason for the behaviour, but they immediately went about rescuing the little guy. He was brought to HESC for urgent care, being ‘exhausted, dehydrated and emaciated.’
The tiny baby is two weeks old and without intervention would not have survived. They immediately set about trying to rehydrate him and said, ‘…he’s responded well to bottle feeding. He urinated for the first time 15 hours after his arrival – always a good sign as it shows that he is stabilising.’
But rhinos need more than just a bottle, and there is a very special animal that was brought in to help the little guy recover. Her name is Lammie and she’s a sheep…
HESC gave an update after his second night with them and things were going well,’…he was a bit more active last night and woke up just before his feeds. Over the past 24 hours, he’s also been taking his bottle without too much effort. This is encouraging as it shows he is gaining strength. He weighed in at 41kgs.’
The little guy might be doing really well, but he is not entirely out of the woods. If you want to help you can visit HESC’s website to find out how.