31 May '16, 10am

Rescued rhino and hippo calves become BFFs

Rescued rhino and hippo calves become BFFs

A weak and exhausted Makhosi is seen loaded up in the back of the rescue vehicle. (Photo: Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage) The little rhino's first night at the orphanage was tough — the calf just couldn't seem to get settled. That's when Trendler decided to take a chance and lift the barrier that was separating the rhino and a newborn hippo calf named Charlie, who arrived at the orphanage a week earlier after being abandoned by his pod. Much to the delight of staff, the pair bonded immediately and have since become inseparable. This is encouraging news since returning the rhino, named Makhosi, to her mother is not an option. "The mothers milk will dry up quite quickly without the calf suckling and the calf will need milk for a long time," Trendler writes. "The bond between cow and calf involves participation from both parties and grows and strengthens over time. As this calf ...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/rescued-rh...

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