Abandoned by his mum, baby giraffe finds comfort in a dog with a heart of gold

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In nature, it's all about natural selection: only the strongest survive. That's why we were so worried about Jazz, the baby giraffe who was abandoned by his mother at birth.

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the 01/12/2019, 09:00, Updated on the 19/12/2019, 15:22

But, it’s like we always say: animals can teach us a lot about love and empathy!

Abandoned by his mum, hanging on to dear life

About 3 days after he was born, the baby was found by a farmer. He quickly called a local rhino rehabilitation centre, who immediately came to the baby giraffe’s aid. Extremely weak and dehydrated, he needed all the help he could get.

Though staff at the rehab centre were more accustomed to taking care of rhinos, they were determined to save baby Jazz. At first, when he arrived, Jazz was comatose. He was given intravenous fluids, and luckily, regained consciousness 18 hours later.

He was hard to treat: being 5.9 feet tall already, staff members had to get up on a stepping stool to feed him. With the help of a couple of specialist veterinarians, the staff started to help Jazz back up on his feet.

A faithful friend always by his side

While Jazz was on the road to recovery, Hunter, the centre’s anti-poaching and security Belgian Malinois, stood guard. For some reason, he developed an instinctual and very special bond with the little giraffe. While Jazz was weak and his future was uncertain, Hunter refused to eat. When Jazz started to feel better, Hunter started regaining his appetite too.

Now, Jazz is almost ready to go venture the outside world! He can stand, walk, and eat by himself. Hunter still stays close though, just in case. Not to mention Jazz still needs lots of rest, and there’s nothing Hunter likes better than cuddling with the little giraffe.


Just when we thought it couldn't get any cuter, sweeter and more heart-warming, this happened. The bond and understanding between Jazz the giraffe and Hunter our AP Belgian Malinois is astonishing. #orphanedgiraffe #savingwildlife #wildliferescue #oddanimalcouples #interspeciesrelationships #animalbonds #malinois #antipoachingdogs Morongwane Game Heritage your little one is in good hands with Hunter

Posted by The Rhino Orphanage on Friday, November 22, 2019

Someday, Jazz will be strong enough to return to the wild. But we hope he won’t forget to come visit his old pal Hunter from time to time.