Orphaned baby rhino needs to be snuggled to sleep after traumatic loss

An orphaned baby rhino insists on being snuggled to sleep after he was found 'crying inconsolably' next to the body of his mother who had just been mutilated by poachers.

Traumatized by witnessing his mother's slaughter, a then-three-month-old rhino named Gertjie was brought to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center in South Africa. Try as they might, he couldn't be calmed at first. He began to adjust gradually, and began going for walks, chasing ostriches and enjoying mud baths.

Still, though he settled down, Gertjie still can't sleep alone. He'll only rest when a staff member is nearby to comfort him. Workers are now taking turns cuddling the little guy, petting his nose and letting him snuggle up and lay his head in their laps -- which is apparently the only way he'll go to sleep.

Gertjie is also going through more than three gallons of milk a day, and a South African grocery store is raising money to help with the cost of his care.

If you'd like to help pay for Gertjie's (massive) meals, a 'Pick n Pay' fund has been set up. You can also donate to the center that Gertjie calls home.


Responses to "Orphaned Baby Rhino Insists On Being Snuggled to Sleep"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Heartbreaking. Whoever thinks animals don't feel - obviously not true. They feel everything. Poor baby. Damn poachers.

  2. It makes me sad and angry to see what so called 'human beings' do to animals.
    This breaks my heart

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hurts my heart....

  4. Anonymous says:

    this is so sad poor little man how can poaching still go on shoot them all on sight and get rid of poachers its so heartbreaking of course animals have feelings i hope this little rhino will be ok with lots of love form the staff there Val in Australia

  5. Anonymous says:

    Eradicate poachers - all of them...

  6. Unknown says:

    I wish I could put a bounty out on the poachers!

  7. poor little baby.....this is the price that babies pay when their mothers are butchered....stop the poaching, stop the killing

  8. Unknown says:

    Thank goodness for angels who will care for the babies. They have been through enough fear and pain. You will be happy to know that one park has had success with their own solution to the murder of wildlife... wish all parks would adopt the same strategy

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