'Nandi' the orphaned rhino baby given a bright future

rumblestaffPublished: December 28, 201615,117 viewsVirality: 1%
Published: December 28, 2016

Rescued Rhino Poaching Orphan Nandi on the road to Healing!
You can help at: https://goo.gl/z3hiet
When Nandi first arrived at The Rhino Orphanage, she was everything a rhino shouldn’t be: alone, scared, sick, traumatized. Her mother had been poached a few days before, and Nandi had been eating sand because of hunger. This could’ve been fatal to the tiny two-month old cutie, who still needs milk every couple of hours.

When this happens, the rescues are treated by adding psyllium husks to their food to try and flush out the sand from their intestines. In Nandi’s case this process has worked very well, and the amount of sand left in her intestines is decreasing daily.

Rescued rhinos’ delicate eyes are treated by adding a lubricant to keep them moist a few times a day. If any bullet or slash wounds are present, they get treated during feeding times while distracted.

Luckily, in Nandi’s case, it seems as if the adorable baby is out of the woods; she is drinking well, starting to eat solids, and her health is improving day by day.

Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation supports The Rhino Orphanage & sponsors various items critical to the care of these babies, including oxygen tanks, IV drips, food, medicine, cleaning equipment, mattresses and a host of other things going into the care of these orphans.

Protection of the orphans is done through an anti-poaching unit also supported by Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation.
Supplying items that are needed, we make sure that the animals come first, and are provided directly with what is most needed at any given time. You can help here: http://www.wildheartwildlifefoundatio...

Nandi arrived at the orphanage on 3rd December, she was about two months old, having just lost her mother to poaching. In most cases like these it is critical to get the babies to safety as soon as possible; sometimes they are flown in a helicopter to save time. Their eyes and ears will be covered to minimize external stimuli, because they are very scared. For the first few days, they will have around the clock care; their carers even sleeping with them on mattresses to monitor their vital signs.

Baby rhinos love to wallow in mud - it protects their delicate skin from sunburn and insects. When they are tiny like Nandi, the carers lend a hand in getting them all mudded up, as they didn’t get to learn this behaviour from their mothers. There are a number of rhino babies of differing ages being looked after at the orphanage, and they all have different needs, according to their ages, just like human children.

As soon as the babies begin to do a little better, they are taken on their morning walk, and as you can see in the video, Nandi has started to play a little. This means she is on her way to recovery, having been rescued only two weeks ago..

It is still a very long road ahead before this tiny rhino can be completely rehabilitated and returned to the wild, but luckily for her, Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation and The Rhino Orphanage will do everything in their power to make sure she grows up to be strong, healthy, wild, free and most importantly, safe.

To help us care for the orphans you can make a donation at: http://www.wildheartwildlifefoundation.org/index.php/how-can-you-help

You can visit our Fb page at: https://www.facebook.com/wildheartwildlifefoundation

Music - Artifact - The Dark Contenent by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Credit: Paul Oxton / http://www.wildheartwildlifefoundation.org//

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