Cat Forms Special Bond With Baby Rhino

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By Molly Dalrymple

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Two very different animals, both rescued and given a second chance at life, have formed a special bond.

Jamie Traynor, who is a caretaker for orphaned rhinos at The Rhino Orphanage in Limpopo, South Africa, rescued Mewie when he was only a kitten, according to a report on One Green Planet. With her loving care, he is now a healthy fully grown ginger-colored cat.


Nandi the rhino tragically lost her mother to poachers and was left wandering alone and eating sand, which caused damage to her stomach, until she was rescued by the Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation and taken to the Rhino Orphanage.

That’s where Mewie met Nandi. ”Mewie loves to follow me around the orphanage, so whenever I’m with Nandi he comes with me,” Jamie explained to One Green Planet. “Their friendship began when we started sleeping in the room with Nandi.” Mewie showed no fear of Nandi, only curiosity.  Nandi thrived in her new environment and quickly grew to more than ten times Mewie’s size.


The two friends began taking twice-daily walks and Jamie watched their interaction quickly become a close bond. “The two of them love their afternoon walks and when one of them runs the other always follows,” says Jamie. The two orphans are now inseparable, proving that size doesn’t matter when it comes to friendship.

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