Jazz the baby giraffe was only two days old when he arrived at the the Rhino Orphanage in Limpopo Province, South Africa. He was brought to the orphanage by a landowner who saw him struggling in the wild and his mother was nowhere in sight. The poor baby giraffe was dehydrated, weak, and needed medical attention.
Jazz quickly struck a new friendship with the resident anti-poaching watchdog named Hunter in the orphanage. The pooch took a liking to the newcomer and began to care for him.
A caretaker of the orphanage, Janie Van Heerdan, shared that the young Belgian Malinois and the baby giraffe bonded instantly. Hunter loved snuggling with his long-necked buddy as if he was another dog.
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When Jazz was brought to The Rhino, he was in a comatose state. IV fluids and antibiotics were administered to him so that he can regain his strength. After the baby giraffe has undergone all the necessary medical treatments, Hunter rarely ever left his side. The pooch acted like a protective parent and kept guarding him. He would often lick the baby giraffe to clean his hair.
As of today, Jazz is slowly recovering his energy with the help of drinking milk and munching on some acacia leaves. His keepers are hoping to reintroduce him back to his natural habitat once he is completely healed. But for now, he would have to enjoy more cuddles from his loving furry friend.