Of course, rhinos, elephants and other wild animals can never really be tame - and shouldn't be treated as such. But when animals like Kabelo are orphaned - he lost his mother to poachers - humans often have to step in to fulfill the close bonds they would normally be forming with their mothers.
"I have been with Kabelo since his arrival to the orphanage and we have developed such a strong bond," Ellison wrote. "While Kabelo is so comfortable with me, he is not with many others."
"Please appreciate that he is still a wild animal," she added. "But also with the capacity to love so forgivingly. Humans took his mother and for him to trust me the way he does is incredibly bittersweet. Rhinos deserve a life with their mothers without human interference."
If all goes well, Kabelo will be released into the wild once he's old enough. In the meantime, Ellison will continue serving as both a pillow and friend.