Their newfound happiness together is a far cry from the pair’s uncertain fates following the death of their mothers before they were rescued. When poachers target rhinos with calves, it’s common for them to also kill the babies before moving in to cut off their mother’s horns.
According to Save the Rhino, an average of three rhinos are killed by poachers each day in South Africa because their horns are mistakenly believed to have cancer-fighting properties in traditional Asian medicine. A rhino’s horn, however, is made up of keratin, the same material as a human fingernail. The horns are sold for an thousands of dollars on the black market.