With today being World Wildlife Day, we wanted to introduce you to an orphaned baby rhino named Gertje (aka Little G) and his best friend, a dorpa sheep named Lammie. Below is a seriously irresistibly cute video of Little G trying to mimic the behaviours of Lammie - but he isn't quite agile enough!
While this video is unbelievably adorable, Little G's story is not... He was rescued as a three-month-old baby when he was found lying beside the body of his dead mother who had been killed for her horn. He was then relocated to Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre in Pretoria, South Africa where he met his now best friend, Lammie. They are now inseparable.
However, for there are many other orphaned rhino calves who did not get the same chance as Little G. That is why his story is such a grim reminder of why we need to get serious about wildlife crime in 2015.
According to CITES, "1,215 rhinos were poached in South Africa alone in 2014 – this translates to one rhino killed every eight hours. Approximately 94 per cent of rhino poaching takes place in South Africa, which has the largest remaining populations and rhino horn poached in 2014 is valued at an estimated $63 to $192 million".
Share Gertji's story and help us celebrate #WorldWildlifeDay - and don't forget, we can all do our part to get #SeriousAboutWildlifeCrime this year.