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Orphaned By Poachers, a Baby Rhino Makes a New Friend | National Geographic ctm magazine

In South Africa’s Pilanesberg National Park, a baby rhino was orphaned by poachers, but with the kindness and hard work of park staff and animal welfare organizations, she’s now in a safe home, and even has a new friend.
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At first, the ranger who spotted the rhino calf thought it was alone. A rescue team arrived by helicopter. What they saw when they arrived was heartbreaking: the mother rhinoceros had been killed by poachers, her horns sawed off. The baby was still trying to get her to move, and trying to nurse. The rescuers prepared the baby rhino for transport. Park staff named her Charlotte—Lottie for short—after the ranger who found her. At rehab center the Rhino Orphanage, Lottie is special, but not unique. The center raises rhinos with mothers lost to poaching so they may grow to survive in the wild. Lottie soon settled in, showing vigor. The staff wanted Lottie to meet another recent arrival, five-month-old Mofalodi, or Lolli. About nine weeks old, Lottie is the right age to be Lolli’s companion. After a vet exam, Lotti made Lolli’s acquaintance, shy at first. But the two have now become bonded, doing everything together.

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  • Zenny Fieldster on March 13, 2018

    Let's say that everything that we could possibly get a profit off of goes extinct. What next? Dogs? Cats? Humans? You see in the end were eventually going to drive ourselves to extinction!

  • Zenny Fieldster on March 13, 2018

    Can we just shot the poachers already and make profit off their teeth, bones, organs, whatever else and just say their from animals?

  • delatara21_ on March 13, 2018

    Poachers disgust me.

  • OnewingedAngel69 on March 13, 2018

    I'm NOT crying

  • National Geographic on March 13, 2018

    In 2017 alone, over 1,000 rhinos were poached for their horns. What do you think can be done to help rehabilitate our current rhino populations in South Africa?

  • CFOwnYourselfCF on March 13, 2018

    that got me to tears … its a really good thing that some people do care

  • John Spencer on March 13, 2018

    Perhaps find the poachers a job that pays enough so that they don't have to turn to poaching to survive.

  • Manuel Martinez on March 13, 2018


  • الحسون المقنين on March 13, 2018

    Bird lovers Where are you

  • Balletgirl9 Arabesque on March 13, 2018

    Thanks for sharing the story how can we help save the rhinoceros they are a beautiful animal. This story broke my heart 🙁

  • zoe pound on March 13, 2018

    This makes me sad

  • Sass on March 13, 2018

    Since poaching is profitable and many have to put food in their families mouths somehow, we need to see the bigger picture. If we can outlaw it like Ivory then the value goes out the door, you can't sell it without problems and you help the local people to find other profitable ways to earn a living. Its not a simple answer, but I pray for some help in this area of poaching!
    Beautiful creatures that deserve to be protected and live their life free from worry of the ugly gun approaching….

  • Peacemaker Wolf on March 13, 2018

    Poor sweet babies. I hope they survive.

  • Nukak Maku Girl on March 13, 2018

    dude, shalt not kill the chubby unicorn

  • Morgan Last on March 13, 2018

    All poachers deserve a bullet in the brain or a noose around the neck

  • Chris Kavanagh on March 13, 2018

    I'm not so sure I want Lolli and the others released back into the wild. Seems like there's little doubt they'll get poached just like their mothers. Sickening.

  • Werks Guy on March 13, 2018

    Yup I shed a tear after watching this 🙁 … leave the Rhino's alone..

  • GrIndinG UniCornS on March 13, 2018

    African nations with poaching problems should just enact laws saying any poacher caught shall be executed in the spot instead of dining and jail time. Then maybe less people will poach. I feel like, they protect it because it is part of their economy, even if it is “illegal” in their nations

  • Anmol Saini on March 13, 2018

    Amazing guys ..

  • Tik Tak on March 13, 2018

    I feel like the maker of that video was from an poacher looking for subs xD but seriusly

  • boing bryan on March 14, 2018

    Just let me be with the poacher for 10min.. I will pass him back to u after tht…

  • HansCent on March 14, 2018

    Poachers really need to get their kidneys ripped out and donated to batter people.

  • Knightowl ! on March 14, 2018

    The best way to stop pouches. Is to put a 10,000 dollar bounty on each one you kill. They would stop

  • Dean Macka on March 14, 2018

    I reckon it should be legal to hunt poachers, so we could go poacher hunting on our holidays what a great sport who's with me let's hunt poachers

  • Steven Dawood on March 14, 2018

    I bet the rescuers had something to do with poaching like seriously it’s so obvious

  • Liam Maier on March 14, 2018

    convinced anywhere still purpose institutional well current ceremony much network cognitive waste.

  • Abangredfish on March 14, 2018

    They should make a movie

  • G H on March 14, 2018

    Poach the Poachers.

  • David and Denise Mulkey on March 14, 2018

    I'm so glad people are taking care of these orphans. Can't stand that elephants and rhinos are being poached plus other animals that are poached. Thanks for looking for and raising orphans! So sweet to see them enjoy each other's company.

  • Happy Hardiansyah on March 14, 2018

    I just want to shoot the poacher in their head by their own gun!!!

  • Lorraine Evans on March 14, 2018

    Thank you for the video. I didn't know about poaching rhinos still existed, sad

  • Lord Night Villain on March 14, 2018

    Humans need to stop killing these creatures

  • M. Sage on March 14, 2018

    This made me cry a little. I often fantasize about moving to Africa for the sole purpose of protecting animals from poachers by using lethal means.

  • Melanie Kotze on March 15, 2018

    She was crying for her mom
    Thank angles

  • RdVelios Ranch on March 15, 2018

    Anyway to capture the people and imprisionate them or kill them of? I do not understand that nobody are setting some new rules for poachers.. they dont deserve the money.

  • Valiant Lion on March 15, 2018

    Rhinos don't need to be killed in order to obtain their horns. You can just saw them off, as long as you don't cut down too deep. The horn is made of keratin just like finger nails, and can grow back. All these unnecessary killings of endangered animals is just cruel.

  • heat4yoass on March 17, 2018

    We have the right to shoot poachers, right?

  • JßLÃDË Militia on March 17, 2018


  • Jonathan Bai on March 20, 2018

    I'm depressed because the last male northern rhino is ded

  • BaSiC47 on March 23, 2018

    This makes me very very angry.

  • AlstomVincent on July 10, 2018

    How dare you rhino poachers

  • Global on October 15, 2019

    Hunting poachers would be fun.

  • barbara maier on January 12, 2020

    So very sad.

  • Global on April 22, 2020

    Capital punishment not only for poachers but whoever trades rhino horn or ivory. Confiscate everything that they have and support orphanages financially with the confiscated money. Then execute the traders one more time for fun.

  • goognam goognws on May 1, 2020

    The video does not sadden me as much as all these comments who fail to understand that pressure must be put on CHINA. The problem must be addressed at the root where the criminals are. Poachers are only vectors. China IS responsible for the extinction of wild rhinos.

  • Fabian on May 28, 2020

    Oh my 😭😭😭😭😭😭 please let them alone!! 😭😭😭

  • Lioneagle255 on June 19, 2020

    Poachers should be poached

  • Horsemann73 on June 29, 2020

    It's time to declare a free hunt for poachers!

  • Bee Mtem on September 23, 2020


  • Ninef JUMA on September 24, 2020

    Us people are sick we know how to make something bleed and not care the once that care and take good care of the beautiful animal are angels in my eyes not humans

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