Orphaned baby rhino finds comfort in rescue zebra at wildlife sanctuary

The two struggling animals have met at the Care For Wild Rhino Sanctuary in South Africa, and they shortly became closest friends. Relying on one another, the odd pair found all the comfort and the strength to make it through. They’re now inseparable and their inspiring story wins hearts all over the world!

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For both Daisy and Modjadji life was incredibly tough. But they beat the odds together and they now thrive at the sanctuary they call home. Daisy – the tiny rhino – was less than a-day-old when a rescue team found her in the Kruger National Park. She was immediately taken by helicopter to the sanctuary, but her chances to survive were extremely slim though. Anyway, the staff never lost hope in saving her!

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“Discovered and rescued during a routine operation in the Kruger, our latest arrival was just 12 hours old when she was admitted on Thursday afternoon,” the sanctuary wrote on Facebook. “Unable to stand, she is incredibly weak and extremely vulnerable. This little calf is being fed hourly around the clock. At this stage, the team works in shifts to ensure there is always a caregiver by her side. We have an extremely long road ahead, but every rhino matters.”

Already at the sanctuary’s intensive unit, when Daisy was brought in, Modjadji’s story is no different. The zebra foal was rescued from the South African fields during a storm, after she got separated from her family. Once she arrived at the sanctuary, her road to recovery begun. And she wasn’t alone in this. Soon as she met Daisy, it was love at first sight between the two, and that helped them overcome any obstacle.

“She has befriended little Daisy and is really offering her a lot of comfort,” the sanctuary wrote. “She is incredibly gentle with her, and the two seem to be good friends already.”

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Nearly a couple if months after they met, Daisy and Modjadji are inseparable. They found all the comfort they never had, in one another, and that helps them both to recover sooner than later.

Watch these two adorable tiny friends bonding, in the video below!

“Rhinos are very social animals and require companionship. Modjadji is fantastic company for Daisy and very affectionate towards her,” Louwhen Bowker from the Care For Wild Rhino Sanctuary, told THE DODO. “They cuddle together at night, which gives Daisy comfort and security. [Modjadji] is a friend that can be with her 24/7, and this, in turn, helps to prevent too much human contact with Daisy.”

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