Dogs have an instinct about protecting those who are in need. It doesn’t matter how big or how small the size of the one they are looking after is. All that matters is that these doggies recognize that they can give comfort and aid to those who require it.
Protecting the orphaned giraffe
When the wildlife rehabilitation center, The Rhino Orphanage in South Africa rescued a 2-day-old giraffe things began to happen. The Belgian Malinois in residence, Hunter, didn’t hesitate to lend a paw and help. Since the baby giraffe, Jazz, was found in an unconscious state, the staff at the rehab center felt better about leaving the poor animal alone. They knew that Hunter would be there to guard her.
He became so protective that even his brother Duke wasn’t allowed to go near Jazz while she recuperated. The helpful pooch would just stay by the calf’s side. He would keep her company as the staff continued on giving the giraffe much needed medical attention.
Worried about his new charge, Hunter would often be seen cuddling up next to the sick calf and licking her in hopes that this would help wake her up. Janie Van Heerden, the caretaker at the orphanage, even recalls how upset the dog was because the giraffe wasn’t eating.
A dog’s help
With the combined efforts of the medical attention that the caretakers at the orphanage gave Jazz along with the comforting presence of Hunter gave the giraffe, she was soon able to come out of the coma and slowly regain her health. After a few weeks being nursed back to health under her doggie best friend, the calf was already able to drink milk on her own and even try to nibble on some leaves. The staff at The Rhino Orphanage hope that Jazz, the giraffe, will be able to be strong enough to be returned to her home soon.
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