The Rhino Orphanage is a registered non-profit company based in the Limpopo Province. It was founded by Arrie van Deventer in 2012 and focuses on caring for orphaned and injured baby rhinos in order to release them back into the wild. …

Recently, the orphanage received a patient of a different kind. According to a post on the organisation’s Facebook page, “We were contacted by a landowner in our area to assist with a giraffe calf that was left abandoned by its mother. Very dehydrated and weak it was evident that the little one was only about two to three days old. The owner had no idea why mom left him behind and we are hoping that there is nothing internally wrong with the little one.”

The team immediately started administering veterinary care to the young calf who they have named ‘Jazz’. But one member of the team in particular has taken a shining to the new addition to the orphanage family. Hunter the Belgian Shepherd will not leave Jazz’s side.

According to the organisation, “Our anti-poaching and security dog, Hunter has fallen head over heels for the little giraffe and has claimed ownership since Jazz’s arrival. He stays in the room all day with Jazz and the carers and doesn’t allow his brother Duke close. So concerned was Hunter about Jazz when he was in a coma that he did not want to eat. Now that the baby is doing better Hunter has his appetite back too. What a special animal he is and so proud to have him on our team.”

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The Rhino Orphanage says that little Jazz continues to grow from strength to strength, but is monitored daily. Although he looks tall and strong, he’s only around seven days old. But thankfully, he has his buddy Hunter to keep him safe!

 

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