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Tiny Rhino Looked Dead When They Found Him ... But Then He Moved

As rangers approached the tiny gray body, they braced themselves for heartbreak.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

But then the southern white rhino, just a few days old, moved.

The rangers rejoiced that the baby showed signs of life, but they saw that he was also terribly in danger. Because of complications from birth, he couldn't stand up.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

His mother had likely abandoned him at the signs of his illness - a common occurrence in the natural world - but because rhinos are so endangered, people know that every baby counts.

Rescuers rushed to bring the baby to safety.

After just a few hours of rehydration and special rhino milk formula, he improved incredibly. Now he enjoys belly scratches from the kind keepers at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

And he's fed from a bottle eight times each day.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Not even his mother thought he would survive.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

But look at him now.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

As long as his recovery goes smoothly, when he's old enough, he'll be released back into the wild.

Read about another amazingly rare rhino at Ol Pejeta here.

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