Charlie the baby hippo was just days old when he was abandoned by his family and found refuge at the incredible Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage in KwaZulu-Natal.
Now he has a new best friend /roomie – offering comfort to "Makhosi", the 2-day old tiny rhino calf who has just arrived.
This somewhat unlikely friendship has touched hearts around the world as their photo has been shared on social media. Cue the "aahhhs!"
If you wish to meet these little chaps in person you can also stay at Thula Thula's safari lodge or tented camp, knowing that your stay is contributing to conservation of these amazing animals. Thula Thula is also known for rescuing renegade elephants when nobody else was brave enough to take them on - as told in the bestselling book "The Elephant Whisperer" by the late Lawrence Anthony. His wife Francoise now continues his work...
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