About 4 months old, Gertje the baby rhino was found crying dejectedly next to his mother, who had been killed by poachers in South Africa for her horn. When animal rescuers from the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) heard about this, they saved the little calf.
“A three-month-old baby rhino, anticipated to have been born on [or] around the 19 February, was brought to the HESC after being found next to his dead mother who had been tragically and brutally poached for her horn.” wrote the rescuers. “It was a devastating sight, as the tiny animal would not leave her side, and was crying inconsolably for her.”
Rhinos are being hunted for their horns that’s worth of more than their weight in gold. Authorities are doing their best to save this endangered species, but the number of kills are ongoing and prolific.
Gertje spent his first night together with Skaap, a sheep that acts as Gertje’s surrogate mother, and with curator Christo Schreiber. Still afraid of sleeping alone, Gertje spends most of his “sleep time” with others.
Fortunately, Gertjie gradually recovered, as he adapts to his new life without his mother. He regains his strength by walking twice a day and takes many mud baths as he can do. Source: Huffington Post