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An adorable friendship between lamb and baby rhino

On 7 May 2014 the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre took custody of a 3 month old baby rhino after he was found next to his dead mother who had been tragically and brutally poached for her horn. The tiny animal, named Gertjie, would not leave her side, and was crying inconsolably for her.

Getjie arrives at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

Getjie arrives at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

Gertjie
The orphaned baby rhino with his surrogate mother - an integral part of the animal’s survival and wellbeing

The orphaned baby rhino with his surrogate mother – an integral part of the animal’s survival and wellbeing

After a seemingly endless search to find an animal companion to bond with the baby rhino, on 4 August 2014, a 3-week-old Pedi lamb named Lammie arrived at the centre. Upon her arrival, Lammie was uneasy and a frightened but immediately Lammie started to follow Gertjie around. That night, Lammie spent the night in Gertjie’s room and was quickly following the baby rhino everywhere that he went. Gertjie did not show any aggression towards the little lamb.

Lammie is introduced to Getjie for the first time

Lammie is introduced to Getjie for the first time

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Lammie has become a regular fixture at the centre. Wherever there’s Gertjie, there’s Lammie following close behind. While she is very attached to Gertjie, she will not hesitate to move away when Gertjie gets too boisterous for her. She has quickly learned to read his mood and act accordingly.

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The below video, taken by the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre’s assistant curator Karien Smit, is a perfect example of the cute way that little Gertjie and his sidekick Lammie interact with each other. They are a very special pair!

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Companion animals are important for orphans like Gertjie, as they not only provide companionship, they also minimise human interaction. To show your support for Gertjie and Lammie visit the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre’s online sponsorship, adoption and donation portal here.

Gertjie-and-Lammie


The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

The HESC focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable or endangered animals. The centre is one of the leaders in the breeding and research of endangered species and also provides a safe haven for orphaned and sick animals.

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