Hunter is a watchdog who has a big heart. He befriended Jazz, a baby giraffe abandoned by his mother at birth. If it weren’t for the farmer who had found the giraffe on November 17, he surely would have died in the wild. Jazz was taken to The Rhino Orphanage in Limpopo, South Africa for help.
As soon as the three-day-old newcomer arrived at the orphanage, Hunter, a Belgian Malinois began to care for him according to caretaker Janie Van Heerden.
“Just when we thought it couldn’t get any cuter, sweeter and more heart-warming, this happened,” reads the caption of a video posted to the Rhino Orphanage Facebook page. “The bond and understanding between Jazz the giraffe and Hunter our Belgian Malinois is astonishing.”
An IV catheter was administered by Dr. Pierre Bester to provide the giraffe with fluids and nutrients.
“The baby was very comatose for the first 18 hours but started showing signs of waking up,” the post reads.
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“He managed to stand up a few times with the help of our carers and walked around this evening on very unsure legs. Baby giraffes are notorious for being labor-intensive and difficult to get on a bottle … Their height (about 1.8m) also doesn’t make it any easier. But we have a few tricks up our sleeves that will hopefully pay off.”
A week later, Jazz is doing better. He’s already taking milk and was even shown in a few adorable Facebook videos trying to eat leaves.
“Possibly soon he will be able to go home,” Heerden says.