At the beginning of the 20th century, it is estimated that there were over 500,000 rhinoceroses throughout Africa and Asia. Because of poaching, numbers have been shrinking rapidly in recent years. The black rhinoceros has been being massacred and captured by its horns very aggressively, and it was declared extinct in 2011.
According to "Save the Rhino", South Africa is the current home of 83% of African rhinos , and 73% of all wild rhinos around the world. Unfortunately, this last refuge for rhinos has also been suffering poaching.
The current situation with regard to rhino poaching is reaching a very critical point. A large number of forest guards were patrolling a wild reserve in South Africa when they came across a rhino corpse. The animal was killed by poachers to get its horn. Hidden behind his body, they found something really unexpected: a shy baby rhino . He was very traumatized and scared, and could not stop crying.
They called the baby rhinoceros "Gertjie" and carefully managed to make him separate from his mother.
They covered his eyes so as not to scare the baby too much, and they tried to rehydrate him during the ride back to the Kapama Private Reserve.
Gertjie was transported to the Endangered Species Center in Hoedspruit.
There he got a safe home where I could grow. I was only 3 months old.
Even though Gertjie experienced a very traumatic event in the first days of her life, the rangers who found him gave him a chance to grow up and become a normal rhinoceros. Here you can see Gertjie enjoying her first walk in her new home.
Drink around 12 liters of skim milk every day to grow as a healthy baby rhino.
All the workers who were with Gertjie are trying to teach him to be a real rhino, just as his mother would. He was quite good at his first "mud bath" lesson
Snuggling with their caregivers is also something that the baby rhinoceros loves to do.
He will remain in the Animal Center until he is old enough to be released back into the jungle, where we hope he can live safely.
Although the people who care for him expect him to grow up as a big, strong and healthy rhinoceros, They are enjoying the time they spend with Gertjie. Who would not enjoy giving this little boy a mud bath?
We still hope that the authorities of the nature reserves will put an end to poaching. Otherwise, the number of deaths of rhinos will exceed that of births. These poor animals are suffering a great nightmare.
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