A baby rhino who was unable to sleep on his own after seeing his mother brutally murdered by poachers has captured the hearts of staff at the endangered species centre documenting his progress.
Gertjie was rescued from the wild on 7 May by staff at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) in South Africa after he was found next to his mother's body.
Now almost four-months-old, he is slowly being weaned off his night feeds and is building up his strength with daily walks.
Staff at the centre, which focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable or endangered animals, said the baby rhino did not want to leave his mother's side and was "crying inconsolably" before being sedated and transported to the HESC.
In a statement released shortly after discovering the rhino, the HESC said: "A three-month-old baby rhino, anticipated to have been born on [or] around the 19 February, was brought to the HESC after being found next to his dead mother who had been tragically and brutally poached for her horn.