Baby Rhino Nearly Dies Trying To Save Her Mom, Now Loves Getting Cuddles From Her Rescuers

A heroic baby rhino stood in between poachers and her mother, and did all she could to save her mother’s life.

Poachers attacked J’aime and her mother. She tried to save her mom by putting her small body in between them, like a shield, but it wasn’t enough. Her mother was killed. The poachers chopped off J’aime’s horns, during the attack, and stabbed J’aime from behind. What monsters!

The Dodo, Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation
The Dodo, Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation

J’aime was all alone, stranded, desperately needing help. Thankfully, rescuers found her and called The Rhino Orphanage (TRO) in South Africa to come pick her up. The orphanage gave J’aime her beautiful name, meaning “I Love” in French to honor the recent attack on the rhino poached for its horns in the zoo near Paris.

The caregivers at TRO were afraid that J’aime wouldn’t take to the bottle, knowing how hard it is for a baby to be away from its mother. But J’aime loves it! She even cries for her bottle when she gets hungry… the cutest little cry in the world!

The Dodo, Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation
The Dodo, Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation

Jaime Traynor, a volunteer at TRO told The Dodo “Whenever it’s close to milk time, she whines and talks to let her carers know she’s hungry.”

J’aime loves to eat, but her favorite thing to do is CUDDLE! She gives her caretakers so much love. JUST LOOK AT HER! What a sweetie!

The Dodo, Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation
The Dodo, Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation

Although J’aime’s story is a tragic one, she is now in good hands, safe from harm. The little hero, an inspiration to all the people she meets.

The Dodo, Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation
The Dodo, Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation
Julie E.H.

Julie resides in Northern New Jersey with her two kids, two dogs, cat and partner. She has two published books which make excellent trivets if you aren't a fan of poetry. She tolerates people but LOVES animals. If she isn't blogging, she's most likely cuddling with her pups, Paisley and Skyler.

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