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Rhino Who Lost Her Mom Finds New Best Friend In Cat

"They get along pretty well because they both love to go for walks and then come back home and take a nap."

We may never know the line of feline reasoning that led Mewie, an orange tabby, to decide to befriend an orphaned rhino.

Orphaned rhino befriends cat
Jamie Traynor/The Rhino Orphanage

Whatever it was, we're really glad it happened.

Cat and her rhino friend at The Rhino Orphanage
Jamie Traynor/The Rhino Orphanage

The pair live in South Africa at The Rhino Orphanage, which is supported by the Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation (WHWF).

Rhino saying hi to cat friend
Jamie Traynor/The Rhino Orphanage

Mewie was rescued when he was just a few weeks old by Jamie Traynor, a caretaker for the orphaned rhinos.

Orphaned rhino and rescue cat drinking water together
Jamie Traynor/The Rhino Orphanage

"He follows me all around the orphanage," Traynor told The Dodo, about her cat.

Cat and rhino take a walk with their caretaker at The Rhino Orphanage
Jamie Traynor/The Rhino Orphanage

Nandi, the little white rhino, was just 2 months old when she was found all alone back in December.

Nandi, the rhino who lost his mom to poachers, gets bottlefed after his rescue
Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation

Her mother had been shot and killed by poachers. Somehow, Nandi survived on her own for days, until rescuers arrived.

Orphaned rhino, Nandi, eating hay at the orphanage
Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation

They took Nandi back to the orphanage, where they fed her and helped her regain her strength. And that's where she met Mewie, who appeared unconcerned with how much larger Nandi is.

Mewie the cat leading Nandi the rhino on a walk
Jamie Traynor/The Rhino Orphanage

Mewie wasn't about to let a difference in looks or size interfere with what appeared to be a promising companionship - especially since they both enjoy taking long walks outside.

Jamie Traynor/The Rhino Orphanage

"They get along pretty well because they both love to go for walks and then come back home and take a nap," Traynor said. "Mewie needs to be carried back from the walks because he gets too tired!"

Orphaned rhino and rescue cat take a nap
Jamie Traynor/The Rhino Orphanage

After exploring the grounds together, they like to take their naps together, as well.

Caretaker watches over napping orphaned rhino and her rescue cat
Jamie Traynor/The Rhino Orphanage

Rescuers hope that Nandi will grow to be strong enough to go back to the wild, but she's still young. So Mewie and Nandi have many walks and naps ahead of them.

Rescue cat follows orphaned rhino
Jamie Traynor/The Rhino Orphanage
Rhino follows cat friend
Jamie Traynor/The Rhino Orphanage

You can help other rhinos like Nandi by making a donation.