Meet Daisy and Modjadji, a pair of unlikely friends who are helping each other heal at the Care For Wild Rhino Sanctuary.
Daisy was found only a few hours old, weak, struggling, and all alone in the Kruger National Park in South Africa.
She was moved to the local sanctuary’s intensive care unit where the staff looked after her during her recovery.
Daisy required 24hr care including feeding and treatments to make sure her immune system and temperature were maintained at a healthy level.
Soon after Daisy was admitted, her soon to be best friend also came:
“Modjadji was admitted to the sanctuary’s ICU at the end of November after being found motionless and barely breathing on the reserve after heavy rains and storms,” Louwhen Bowker told The Dodo.
“Modjadji was thought to be just a week old,” said the sanctuary’s media contanct
The pair quickly formed a close relationship and became one and others family.
“As they grew stronger and braver, their curiosity got the best of them, and they started interacting with each other,” said Bowker.
“Rhinos are very social animals and require companionship. Modjadji is fantastic company for Daisy and very affectionate towards her.”
After only a month, the pair are always together and have become more like sisters than just good friends.
“They cuddle together at night, which gives Daisy comfort and security. [Modjadji] is a friend that can be with her 24/7, and this, in turn, helps to prevent too much human contact with Daisy.”